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Ronaldo's tax fraud and its ripple effect on world football

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Parmenio Sano | 25 Giugno, 2017, 14:45

Jose Mourinho's representatives have defended the Manchester United manager after he was accused of tax fraud totalling €3.3 million (£2.9m) relating to his time at Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho who left Spain in 2013 has been the latest to be accused by the Spanish authorities of tax fraud. A judge will decide whether there are grounds to take the matter to court.

Ronaldo, the reigning Ballon d'Or award victor, last week said he's being unfairly treated by Spain's tax authorities, whose "persecution" has made him determined to leave Real Madrid and the country, a source confirmed to ESPN FC.

Media consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) has claimed that no less than 185 million euros worth of income has escaped the attentions of tax authorities using shell companies and offshore accounts.

Also a year ago, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud and given 21-month sentences, which will likely be suspended.

Ronaldo and Mourinho have joined a growing list of football stars who are being investigated and prosecuted in Spain, in particular in relation to image rights.


Portugal defender Pepe has insisted that his side are paying no attention to the ongoing speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid.

The Real Madrid supremo also assured fans that Ronaldo would honour his contract with the La Liga champions.

Perez said he could understand why the four-time world player of the year had been upset after he was accused last week of tax fraud.

Ronaldo is now on worldwide duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup, but, according to the report, has told his teammates that Perez's words were "better late than never" and have conveniently led to him having a change of heart.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Perez also said he would not speak with Ronaldo until the Confederations Cup finishes.

Madrid prosecutors said that after signing for the Spanish giants from Benfica in 2010, Di Maria had used companies in Panama and Ireland to hide earnings from the marketing of image rights.

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