Soccer star Cristano Ronaldo charged with tax fraud

Solenn Plantier
Juin 24, 2017

The statement reads, "Real Madrid C.F. have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding of his fiscal obligations".

Spanish prosecutors had on Tuesday filed a formal lawsuit against the Real Madrid striker.

The economic crime arm of Madrid's Provincial Prosecutor's Office filed a complaint on Tuesday against the Portugal global for allegedly committing four crimes between 2011 and 2014.

The richest sportsperson in the world has been accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m; $16m) from 2011 to 2014. Additionally, the world's highest-paid sports star had previously said he was not anxious about tax investigations as he had nothing to hide.

Gestifute said the company, Tollin, does not amount to an offshore structure for evading taxes and was established in 2004 when Ronaldo signed for Manchester United.

The footballer, who is the proud dad to six-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., has previously said he has nothing to hide and is not anxious about the claims.

"Throughout all of the above mentioned years, CR never had a tax problem, contrary to what the Spanish Prosecutors insinuate".

Last month, tax officials said Ronaldo had adjusted his tax declarations and paid an extra €6m (£5.3m) in 2014.

Ronaldo's agents, GestiFute, previously confirmed his compliance with tax authorities by publishing previous year details of his £191m (US$ 243m) worth in assets.

A four-time Ballon d'Or victor, the 32-year-old is Europe's leading soccer player.

Ronaldo is the latest high-profile soccer player to run afoul of Spain's tax man.

The Argentine superstar was found guilty of tax fraud in 2016 and sentenced to 21 months in jail. He helped Real Madrid win La Liga (Spain's first division) and the UEFA Champions League last season.

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