Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

Solenn Plantier
Juin 22, 2017

The public prosecutor's office of Madrid filed a lawsuit against Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, accusing the Manchester United manager of defrauding the Spanish taxman of 3.3 million euros (3.7 million dollars) during his time as Real Madrid coach.

Ronaldo, Portugal's all-time leading scorer, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain - among them Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar - to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers.

Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer Real Madrid £183 million (R2.9 billion) and David de Gea for Cristiano Ronaldo and one of his teammates.

Mourinho's management team - Gestifute - and Real Madrid did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Perez said he could understood why Ronaldo had been upset after he was accused last week of tax fraud.

"Ronaldo took legal advantage of what is known in Spain as "the Beckham law" - which allows foreign sportspersons to pay 24.75 per cent income tax, rather than the 48 per cent applied to Spanish nationals".

Mourinho's agents said he had already dealt with questions raised by tax authorities in 2015, settling issues with his 2011 and 2012 filings and reaching a settlement regarding 2013. And the 31-year-old superstar is now said to have begun to rethink his decision to leave Madrid after eight years, on the back of Perez's backing on him on Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

The state prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which indicate that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights". Ronaldo via his representatives last week denied any wrongdoing. In his 2011 and 2012 tax returns, he is alleged to have failed to declare earnings from his image rights, which prosecutors say he did "with the intention of obtaining illegal benefit".

Despite being handed a 16-month sentence, Di Maria will not go to prison as is normal in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.

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