Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accused of tax evasion in Spain

Lynette Rowe
June 21, 2017

What I will say is that all must fulfil our obligations, but I have no doubt in Cristiano. The player is accused of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m, by also hiding his income from image rights.

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.

Ibrahimovic is set to leave at the end of his contract and United captain Wayne Rooney has yet to announce where he will be playing his club football next season, although David de Gea's future is becoming clearer.

Ronaldo, 32, appears to be heading for the Los Blancos exit this summer following a high-profile tax dispute, and Man United have been strongly linked with their former superstar.

Real Madrid was not immediately available for comment on the allegations against Mourihno or Ronaldo's hearing.

Portuguese outlet A Bola claimed that the national team skipper, now playing at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, has told his agent Jorge Mendes to get him back to Manchester United.

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Ronaldo's trouble coincided with the same Madrid-based prosecutor's office accusing Mourinho of two counts of tax fraud. Real Madrid, for what it's worth, appears to be doing what it can to retain Ronaldo, with manager Zinedine Zidane reportedly reaching out to calm the star's worries and pitch him on staying put.

However Perez, speaking at a press conference on Monday, claimed that no offer had been made for Morata.

The Madrid judge will decide after a court hearing from both parties and if the Public Prosecution lawsuit is accepted, Ronaldo will be informed to accept culpability within 30 days and pay a fine of about 35m euros or proceed to court, Daily mail reports.

Prosecutors accuse the Portugal global of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, and Madrid issued a statement last week saying it believed the player was innocent. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offense and the sentence was under two years.

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