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Ronaldo summoned to answer judge's questions on tax fraud

Ronaldo summoned to answer judge's questions on tax fraud Ronaldo summoned to answer judge's questions on tax fraud
Noah Ferguson | 21 June, 2017, 21:37

A Madrid prosecutor said in a statement that it had presented a claim to a local court.

Real Madrid and Manchester United are not directly involved. "Up to this point, neither Hacienda [the tax office] nor the prosecutors have contacted Jose Mourinho or the advisers who were under contract during the [tax] inspection process", Gestifute said in a statement.

Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax between 2011 and 2014.

It said the Spanish government, through the taxman, had issued a certificate saying he had complied "with all his tax obligations".

Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are clients of football super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has been summoned to appear before the court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, just outside Madrid, on June 27.

The accusations are based on information provided by Spain's tax office, which indicates Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits from image rights" during his time managing Madrid.

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi was given a 21-month sentence a year ago, which he is unlikely to serve, for having defrauded the national purse of 4.1 million euros of undeclared image rights earnings.

The alleged use of Irish companies has also featured in several Spanish tax investigations into other football stars, including Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao and Monaco's Radamel Falcao.

Manchester United manager is facing a probe into his tax affairs during his time as Real Madrid boss. Ronaldo denies the allegations.

But it seems the Real Madrid president has set the ball rolling to make sure that Ronaldo continues at the Bernabeu next season. He is now the coach of the British club Manchester United.

"I still haven't spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo".

"Something very odd will have to happen for him to go". I have found everything out through the newspapers. "No offer has been received for him".

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