Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud during his time as head coach of Real Madrid.

The claims date back to 2011 and 2012, when Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid.

But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

The allegations against the Portuguese amount to a sum of £2.9 million (€3.3m), according to Spanish publication El Pais.

Other big names in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.

They claim that Mourinho - who took over at United past year - failed to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012.

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Those include Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho and shares the same agent as him. This all seems like it is coming to a situation where Real kindly throw a few million at the tax man to make it all go away.

Spanish prosecutors said on Tuesday they had filed a claim against the current Manchester United manager on two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.

Lionel Messi, considered one of the top two players in the world along with Ronaldo, was handed a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud past year.

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge, who managed his finances, were convicted of defrauding Spain of €4.1 million (£3.5 million) in taxes in 2016.

Messi is unlikely to serve any time in prison as, under Spanish law, sentences of less than two years are usually suspended.

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