Mourinho accused of tax fraud, Ronaldo before judge

Tricia Pearson
June 24, 2017

Spanish prosecutors said on Tuesday they had filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on two counts of tax fraud dating back to when he coached Real Madrid.

Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is alleged to have evaded €14.7m also relating to his image rights.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinals first leg soccer match in May. "I'm a Manchester United fan, and my kids love him, so I hope that he'll be back".

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says you must presume Ronaldo is innocent following tax evasion reports.

Pepe dodged questions on the future of his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday and insisted the four-time Ballon d'Or victor was merely focused on the Confederations Cup.

Spanish prosecutors released a statement on Tuesday indicating that the 54-year-old used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to hide profits.

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Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling $16.5 million. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

Portugal coach Santos, who guided the team to Euro 2016 glory past year, was asked whether Ronaldo's future had become an issue and if he believed he would still be a Real player next season.

Manchester United boss Mourinho managed Varane during his time at Real Madrid, helping transform the France global into one of the world's best defenders. He also won the Champions League twice with Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010).

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup playing for Portugal, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009.

Mourinho's management team - Gestifute - and Real Madrid did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was convicted of tax fraud a year ago and was handed a suspended 21-month sentence.

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