Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cristiano Ronaldo to testify in tax fraud case July 31 - court


A two-time La Liga victor, his 285 goals in 265 league appearances mean he is second only to Barcelona's Lionel Messi in that competition.

Jose Mourinho became the latest to be accused of defrauding tax authorities by Spanish prosecutors for a sum of £2.9million during his time at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.

Portuguese newspapers have listed Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Monaco among the potential suitors for the Portugal captain and that they might table an offer of 180 million euros ($201 million).

According to Spanish publication El Confidencial, the case is set to be complicated, with Ronaldo's image rights at the centre of the allegations. The two overlapped at Real Madrid from 2010-2013, winning one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey. Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by agent Mendes, who will act to act as a peacemaker.

The Portugal global is said to be unhappy in Spain after being accused of tax fraud by the authorities.

A Spanish state prosecutor last week accused him of failing to pay €14.7 million on image rights earned between 2011 and 2014, saying he used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to "create a screen in order to hide his total income".

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"The only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player", said Perez, who was re-elected on Monday.

The agency published copies of the certificates.

Cristiano Ronaldo will testify in his tax fraud case next month. He is under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

Allegations of tax fraud - which have been denied by the Portugal global - as well as the possibility of seeking a new challenge have brought his time in Spain to question and Ronaldo admits he's keen to see the Red Devils tie up a deal for the reigning Ballon d'Or victor.

" I'm not contemplating Ronaldo leaving".

Ronaldo's trouble coincided with the same Madrid-based prosecutor's office accusing Mourinho of two counts of tax fraud.

On Tuesday, a Spanish judge ordered Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the highest-scoring players in the history of the game, to appear in court on July 31, according to Yahoo News.

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