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José Mourinho accused of €3,3m tax fraud in Spain

24 Juin 2017

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi had a tax-related trial past year.

The Portuguese global, whose header salvaged 1-0 win over Russian Federation in Wednesday's Confederations Cup, has been targeted by Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco after a Spanish authorities accused Ronaldo of tax-fraud evasions, per Marca. "But now in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to in the realm of fables".

Madrid's regional state prosecutor has alleged the Portugal player "intentionally" did not declare income of €28.4m related to image rights, and declared €11.5m of earnings from 2011-14 when his real income was nearly €43m.

Under Perez, Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles in four seasons.

The guilty pleas of Di Maria, Mascherano and Messi, however, would suggest this is not always the case and Mourinho and Ronaldo will need to be certain the offshore companies they set up to receive their image-rights payments are entirely legitimate.

Other prominent football figures have been accused of tax fraud in Spain in recent months.

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A spokesperson for Mourinho's current employer said: 'José Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today.

"To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process", a statement on the Gestifute website reads.

As for Mourinho, Manchester United 54-year-old Portuguese coach, he stands accused of two counts of tax fraud while he coached Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013. He is under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

The document formalizing the deal between the parties said that Di Maria used a company in Panama to avoid tax.

Allegations of tax fraud - which have been denied by the Portugal global - as well as the possibility of seeking a new challenge have brought his time in Spain to question and Ronaldo admits he's keen to see the Red Devils tie up a deal for the reigning Ballon d'Or victor.

José Mourinho accused of €3,3m tax fraud in Spain