Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Erica Murray
June 29, 2017

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo calls for referee's attention during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

The transfer market has been hit with a trigger following Ronaldo's hint that he could leave Spain if he is eventually hammered in the tax case.

In three years with Real Madrid, Mourinho won La Liga (2012) and the Spanish Cup (2011).

Mourinho, now the Manchester United manager, led Inter to a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2009-10 before assuming control at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"But I still feel that Real Madrid probably hold all the cards, it's all down to them and it will be their final decision".

Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes.

Other clients of Mendes who have ended up in Spain include the Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao - on the verge of joining Sporting Lisbon on loan from Real Madrid - and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, now with Monaco but formerly at Atletico Madrid.

Prosecutors allege the star player failed to pay €14.8 million in tax due between 2011 and 2014 and "intentionally" misled authorities by declaring €11.5 million in taxable earnings versus a real figure of $43 million.

Ronaldo, 32, was summoned to appear in a Madrid court on July 31 to answer four counts of tax evasion of 14.7 million euro ($16.5m).

"In Ronaldo's case, the former Manchester United winger is accused of having diverted some €150m of advertising revenue through a shell company in the British Virgin Islands".

Ronaldo denies any wrongdoing but may still reluctantly pay-up in order to avoid any subsequent fines.

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

Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, was also accused of tax fraud to the value of £3.5m earlier this year, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, though he is unlikely to face any jail time.

It will now be up to a judge to decide whether to take the matter to court.

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

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