Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho accused of tax evasion in Spain

Doug Mendoza
June 20, 2017

It was recently reported that the Frenchman, alongside captain Sergio Ramos, would contact the 32-year-old in order to persuade him to change his mind.

Regional prosecutors have accused the Portugal captain of four crimes against Spain's exchequer, committed between 2011 and 2014 and which involve a tax fraud of 14,768,897 euros ($16,467,518), reports Efe.

Manchester United look set to retain the services of David De Gea this summer after Real Madrid's president appeared to rule out a move for the goalkeeper.

But he could well have been lining up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo instead, only for Real Madrid to pull the plug on the transfer right at the end.

Madrid's long-time president said the club had not received any transfer offers for Ronaldo.

"I still haven't spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo".

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We will wait until the tournament ends and then we will see the extent of everything that has been written. "We are happy. From listening to the Pérez interview this is all just a stunt to get Ronaldo to avoid the tax penalty.

However, Florentino Perez insists Cristiano Ronaldo is free to leave if a club is ready to pay his 880 million release clause. I learned of the [reports] through what a newspaper said.

Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain. He always told me he is at ease in Real Madrid.

According to Sky sources, Ronaldo feels he has been singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of £12.8m.

There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine for tax evasion as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.

"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".

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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