Ronaldo ready to pay 14.7 mln euros in Spanish tax fraud case

Ronaldo ready to pay 14.7 mln euros in Spanish tax fraud case

The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.

Ronaldo is now under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor is alleged to have created a "business structure" in 2010 to hide his earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014.

REAL Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at the Bernabeu - but stopped short of confirming the Portugal superstar definitely will.

They were strong words of support for Ronaldo from Perez and now Spanish newspaper AS are suggesting the intervention has led to a softening of the player's stance on leaving Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United having been "outraged" by what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities, making him determined to leave the country. The 4-time Ballon d'Or victor was linked with a return to Manchester United, while moves to Paris Saint-Germain and other cash-rich clubs were also speculated.


"Normally we don't comment on rumours, but in this case, we would like to make our position on Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely clear: This rumour is completely unfounded and must be consigned to the realms of fantasy". I can only say that we all have to fulfil our obligations when it comes to taxes.

The two will discuss the issues unsettling Ronaldo further after his commitment to the national team at the Confederations Cup this summer ends, but it does appear that Ronaldo is a lot happier in the Spanish capital than he was just a few days ago.

"I'm a Man United fan, and my kids love him, so I hope that he'll be back".

Spanish prosecutors had filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014.

Ronaldo has helped Real win the Champions League thrice, scoring twice in last month's final as they became the first club to retain the title, and he is also the competition's record goal scorer with 105 strikes.

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