Now, Mourinho accused of 3.3mn euro tax fraud in Spain

Solenn Plantier
Juin 25, 2017

Ronaldo is with Portugal at the Confederations Cup and scored the winning goal in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over hosts Russian Federation in Moscow.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo has been summoned to appear before a Spanish judge, and Jose Mourinho could be next.

Former Portugal worldwide, Luis Figo, has said "nobody is indispensable", amid heavy speculation that his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid this summer. He now is the coach of English club Manchester United.

The case relates to the 29-year-old's image rights in 2012 and 2013, and he has agreed to repay £1.14million as well as a 60% fine. Real Madrid and Man United are not directly involved.

Di Maria is, like Ronaldo and Mourinho, a client of the Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes, who himself has been summoned to appear before the court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, just outside Madrid, on June 27.

Also, last month former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao were accused by the prosecutor's office of not paying all their taxes.

A request for comment from Mendes' agency, Gestifute, was not immediately answered.

The prosecutor said last Tuesday that there was evidence that Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the money he had made from image rights.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, and is ready to quit Spanish football.

The accusations against Ronaldo have caused speculation in Portugal and Spain that he is now considering leaving the country to play elsewhere.

The deal will have to be ratified by a judge when the case goes to court.

Also past year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud and given 21-month sentences, which will likely be suspended.

Di Maria has pleaded guilty to the two charges, which each carry a six-month sentence, but the Argentina global will not serve jail time as sentences below two years in length are normally suspended under Spanish law for first-time offenders.

Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.

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