Ronaldo says his 'conscience is quite clear' amid tax case

Doug Mendoza
June 15, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be unconcerned despite being accused by a Spanish state prosecutor of defrauding the government of millions of euros (dollars) in unpaid taxes.

The prosecutor's office said the Real Madrid forward had knowingly used a business structure created in 2010 to allegedly hide his image rights income in Spain between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo's agency had previously said he was up to date on his taxes.

Ronaldo's agent denied any wrongdoing.

"There is no tax evasion scheme".

On Tuesday, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). In a statement, representatives of the world's highest paid footballer said there had never been concealment, or the slightest intention to hide.

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Ronaldo had previously said he was not anxious about tax investigations as he had nothing to hide.

Gestifute said it would publish documents to show that the 32-year-old had not created such a structure and had used firms he owned since his time at Manchester United that British and Spanish tax authorities had been aware of.

Additionally, the prosecutor accused Ronaldo of declaring 11.5 million euros ($12.8 million) earned from 2011-14 in a tax return filed in 2014, when the prosecutor said Ronaldo's real income during that period was nearly 43 million euros ($48 million).

Real Madrid earlier gave their backing to Ronaldo, releasing a statement saying the club had "full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations".

Monaco's Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros ($6.1 million) of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico Madrid.

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