Jose Mourinho reps deny €3.3m tax fraud during Real Madrid reign

Ross Houston
June 26, 2017

It remains hard to believe Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Real Madrid this summer, but a move to Paris may well be more likely that a return to Manchester if the improbable comes to pass.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Monday rubbished media reports which said that the record German football champions are interested in signing Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

However, CR7 has now reportedly told his Portugal team-mates while away on Confederations Cup duty, talks with Perez have been "very positive".


Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has come out fighting in a row with the Spanish tax authorities, claiming he paid more than €26million (£23m) between 2010-2013.

Prosecutors in Madrid recently filed a complaint to a court that accused the four-time Ballon d'Or victor of a "voluntary" and "conscious" breach of his tax obligations, claiming the 32-year-old created a "business structure" in 2010 to hide earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014, thus defrauding the Spanish tax authorities to the tune of €14.7million.

The 32-year-old Portuguese star is facing four charges of fraud through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014. The hearing will take place at 09:00 GMT on July 31 in a court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports. What I will say is that all must fulfill our obligations, but I have no doubt in Cristiano.


Sky Sports revealed last week that the current Ballon D'Or holder no longer wanted to play in Spain following a series of tax fraud allegations and subsequent media onslaught in his direction.

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.

Di Maria's deal is similar to the one struck by Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano, who was convicted of tax fraud last year and given a suspended one-year sentence. Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.


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