Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud during time at Real Madrid

Solenn Plantier
Juin 22, 2017

Jose Mourinho - one of the most successful managers of the last 20 years - has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of $3.6 million during his time as Real Madrid boss.

Public prosecutors believe that the 54-year-old failed to declare earnings worth more than €7 million during the years 2011 and 2012, on which he should have paid €3.3 million in taxes.

"Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today", the statement read.

Prosecutors claim that the Portuguese manager - who took over at Manchester United previous year - failed to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012.

His first big challenge is keeping Ronaldo at the club he joined in 2009 from United for a record 94 million euros.

Prosecutors in Madrid recently filed a complaint to a court accusing the four-time Ballon d'Or victor of a "voluntary" and "conscious" breach of his tax obligations, claiming the 32-year-old created a "business structure" in 2010 to hide earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014, thus defrauding the Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million. "Not only Cristiano but Real Madrid and if they end up selling him they can get a good amount of money to get some young players and some guys that might be playing at Real Madrid for the next 10 years so whatever happens it will be fine but we'll see".

Ronaldo, also from Portugal, has been summoned to testify in his case on July 31.

Founding partner at law firm Milestone International Tax Consultants Miles Dean said the case was likely to hinge on when income rights were assigned to the company, which he said was likely to have occurred before Mourinho, who previously managed Chelsea and Inter Milan, took a job in Spain.

Ronaldo is now strongly reconsidering an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu and will meet with Perez face-to-face to discuss the matter when he returns to Spain.

A statement from the Attorney General's Office confirmed to Press Association Sport that the Madrid Prosecutor's Office had lodged the papers, relating to 2011 and 2012, with the municipal court.

Last year, Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of $4.6 million from income made from image rights.

Gestifute, a Portuguese-based football agency which represents Mourinho and Ronaldo, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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