Spanish prosecutors charge Jose Mourinho with tax fraud

Solenn Plantier
Juin 21, 2017

THE Spanish tax authorities have announced that Jose Mourinho is under investigation for tax fraud while he was manager of Real Madrid.

"The Economic Crimes Section of the Madrid Prosecutor's Office has filed a complaint in the courts of Pozuelo de Alarcón against José Mourinho in which he is accused of committing two crimes against Public Treasury during the years 2011 and 2012 for a total amount of 3,304,670 euros".

Four-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo is accused of diverting €150m of advertising revenue and image rights through a shell company in the British Virgin Islands, a tax haven.

The 32-year-old signed a new contract with Real until 2021 last November and has a release clause of one billion euros ($1.11 billion).

A €120m bid has been discussed between PSG and Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes as the former Sporting CP man plots his next career move should he leave Madrid.

"Ronaldo is a Real player and will continue to be so as far as we are concerned", Perez told Spanish sports daily Marca yesterday.

The problem is that Ronaldo signed a new five-year deal at Real only last autumn.

"I haven't spoken with Cristiano, I learned about it because of what came out in the newspapers".

"Obviously something has happened, something has affected him, his credibility", Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

"I have not spoken with him".

The paper added captain Sergio Ramos also reached out to Ronaldo, who has a club-record scored 406 goals in 394 matches for Real, pleading with him to stay.

Mourinho is the latest big name in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently, including Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who was given a 21-month jail term.

Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid in a then-world record £80m deal in 2009 summer transfer window.

The forward, with the Portugal squad in Russian Federation, signed a new five-year contract in November 2016, but has been linked with a return to Manchester United.

Unfortunately, the article fails to really explain why Mourinho is so against United signing Ronaldo.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro fine previous year for tax fraud.

However, a statement from Ronaldo's management company Gestifute insisted the company, Tollin, which was established during Ronaldo's time with Manchester United, has acted in accordance with British and Spanish tax laws.

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