Cristiano Ronaldo to testify in tax fraud case on July 31

Ross Houston
June 21, 2017

Ronaldo is believed to be angling for a move away from Madrid this summer after being angered by allegations of tax fraud and his discontent has sparked reports of a potential world-record £131.4m move back to Old Trafford, where he started his development into becoming one of the most devastating forwards that football has ever seen.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will testify on July 31 in a case in which he is accused of hiding income from the tax authorities, court officials said on Tuesday.

His first big challenge is keeping Ronaldo at the club he joined in 2009 from Manchester United for a record 94 million euros ($105.3 million).

Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15 million euros in 2014.


Statements from the prosecution indicate that Ronaldo will be charged with using offshore financial instruments, including holdings in the British Virgin Islands, to hide payments made to him for the use of his brand to promote products.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

The 29-year-old and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

The player supposedly wants to leave Spain after being accused of tax evasion from authorities.


Mourinho spent three seasons in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013 before returning to England to take in a second spell with Chelsea.

A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid's provincial state prosecutor's office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.

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


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