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Di Maria fined for tax fraud

24 Juin 2017

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho were both accused of tax fraud earlier this month.

In addition, they say he only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.

The Portuguese coach became a Spanish tax resident in 2010 when he joined Real Madrid.

As a result of the probe, Ronaldo has threatened to leave Real, despite the club's newly re-elected president Florentino Perez "not contemplating" Ronaldo leaving the European champions, despite talk of the disgruntled star returning to Manchester United.

For the time-being Cristiano appears to be trying his best to ignore the situation and focus on the football at hand - his campaign with Portugal at the Confederations Cup.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal against Juventus during their Uefa Champions League Final match at The National Stadium of Wales, Cardiff June 3, 2017.

It will now be up to a judge to decide whether to take the matter to court.

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Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).

He is due to play for Real Madrid against Barcelona in a friendly in Miami on July 29.

Mourinho's agents at Portugal-based Gestifute said in a statement that the coach had not received any notification relating to the allegations from tax authorities or prosecutors. Ronaldo has denied the charges.

The accusation includes the 32-year-old not paying £13 million of earnings from image rights in the British Virgin Islands and the Republic of Ireland in order to evade paying tax.

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

In 2016, soccer giant Messi, along with his father, was convicted of three counts of tax fraud equaling some $4.6 million earned from the use of Messi's personal brand.

Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.