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Tax fraud case: Ronaldo to appear in court July 31

23 Juin 2017

Jose Mourinho was yesterday accused by Spanish authorities of failing to pay €3.3 million (S$5.1 million) in taxes at Real Madrid, as the Spanish club's star player Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a judge next month.

The former Benfica player is the latest in a long line of players and coaches accused of evading taxes in Spain after his former team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo and current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also among the accused. The star is now under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31. But Spanish tax authorities say they discovered - as published by Football Leaks in 2016 - that the image rights company in the British Virgin Islands was part of a chain of companies, including two in Ireland, linked to Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes.

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, on Monday, said the club doesn't contemplate Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club and said he has not spoken to the Portuguese player yet.

Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.

The complaint was quickly followed by reports that Ronaldo has made a decision to leave Madrid ahead of next season following his tax problems, but Perez is adamant the prolific forward will only be on the move for a huge transfer fee.

Reports are now also claiming that Real Madrid is willing to pay the tax amount but the Real Madrid president also refuted this, saying that Ronaldo wouldn't want them to do so, The Guardian reported.

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Ronaldo reportedly has considered moving out of the country and playing somewhere else due to accusations against him.

He has also helped his team to win two La Liga titles after joining it on transfer from Manchester United for a ten record 80 million pounds in 2009.

However, Mourinho has denied any wrongdoing and insists he is in compliance with every tax regulations and has not heard otherwise from the Spanish authorities.

Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid looked guaranteed after lifting his third Champions League title with the club earlier this month, the Portugal worldwide scoring twice in a 4-1 win over Juventus.

According to Spanish media, Ronaldo has expressed much outrage against Spain's treatment of him, especially after being thrown these tax evasion allegations.