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Ronaldo says his 'conscience is quite clear' amid tax case

15 Juin 2017

The Public Prosecutor's Office in Madrid on Tuesday accused Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo of tax fraud totalling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). Ronaldo had failed to comply with his tax obligations in a manner that was both "voluntary" and "conscious", they added. Ronaldo's representatives have denied the charges.

The lawsuit is based on a report sent to the prosecutor's office from Spain's tax agency AEAT, it said.

Officials insist the new father-of-three "intentionally" failed to declare millions in profits related to image rights, and under-reported his income as $12.9 million during the three-year period in question, when it was actually nearly $48 million, reports The Guardian.

Ronaldo had previously said he was not anxious about tax investigations as he had nothing to hide.

He is also the latest high-profile soccer player to run afoul of Spain's tax man.

The prosecution said Ronaldo had taken advantage of a corporate structure created in 2010 that served to hide the iconic player's income derived from his image rights.

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Ronaldo, just like Lionel Messi was accused by Spanish tax authorities of tax fraud (€14 million) and will likely appear in court soon. "There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything", Gestifute, the agency representing the player, said in a statement.

It alleges Ronaldo defrauded Spanish tax authorities of $21.8 million between 2011 and 2014.

It seems that soccer stars playing in Spain just can't get a break from tax evasion suspicion.

Ronaldo is number one on the recently released list of top earning athletes according to Forbes.

Last month, tax officials said Ronaldo adjusted his tax declarations and paid an extra €6m ($6.7m) in 2014.

Gestifute then detailed Tollin's distribution of taxes during his time in England before insisting no altered arrangements were put in place when Ronaldo made a then-world record move to Madrid in 2009.