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.
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.
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