Spain court calls Ronaldo to testify in tax fraud case

Doug Mendoza
June 20, 2017

"I'm sure Cristiano wouldn't want us to pay his fine if there was one - he's not like that". He now is the coach of English club Manchester United.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup with Portugal's national soccer team, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009.

Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).

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.

"Two years ago we had the disaster of the late fax, they (United) sent it two minutes late and that was it", Perez said in an interview with Spanish daily Marca on Tuesday, the day after earning a third consecutive mandate with Real.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, and Madrid issued a statement last week saying it believed the player was innocent.

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It will now be up to a judge to decide whether to take Mourinho to court.

Perez said on Monday that "as far as I know Cristiano has always met (his fiscal obligations)" and that "it all must be some sort of misunderstanding that will be cleared up quickly".

The main contender for the 32-year-old striker considered his former club "Manchester United" capable of pay for the Portuguese record in the history of football of 200 million euros.

Perez's radio interview came hours after the 70-year-old businessman was reelected to a fifth four-year term as Madrid's president.

There is a feeling at the club that the Portugal global, who signed a new five-year contract in November, could be trying to strengthen his position at Real Madrid.

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