Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Leon Osman

The Spanish authorities' crack down on multi-millionaires not paying their taxes is showing no signs of stopping, and the latest to fall victim to their investigative teams is none other than Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The future of all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow forwards Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez has, however, been thrown into doubt, although Perez said Real has not started conducting their business yet. He has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors for his time with Spanish club Real Madrid.

The Real Madrid star has taken centre stage amid accusations of tax fraud and fresh transfer speculation which overshadowed the Euro 2016 winners' opening Group A match in Kazan, where a stoppage-time header from defender Hector Moreno earned Mexico a 2-2 draw.

While the Real Madrid president insists he likes current Los Blancos stopper Keylor Navas, and spoke about the failed approach for Man Utd's number one in 2015.

"The Spanish Government in turn, through the Tax Department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations".

The reigning Ballon d'Or and Best FIFA Men's Player award victor is believed to feel singled out for disproportionate treatment after Spanish prosecutors accused him of evading tax of 14.7million euros (£12.8m).

He will appear in court at the end of July to defend himself, although there is no formal charge at this stage.

In a statement, Ronaldo's management company Gestifute said there had been no attempt to evade taxes.

The prosecutor said Ronaldo used shell company in the Virgin Islands to cheat on his taxes.

A statement from the Attorney General's Office confirmed to Press Association Sport that the Madrid Prosecutor's Office had lodged the papers, relating to 2011 and 2012, with the municipal court.

Last year, Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from income made from image rights.

Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, was also accused of tax fraud to the value of £3.5m earlier this year, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, though he is unlikely to face any jail time.



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