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

Ronaldo's day in court


Unsettled Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's woes deepened on Tuesday, when the Portuguese forward was summoned to appear in a Madrid court on July 31 to answer to four counts of tax evasion of 14.7 million euros.

The Portugal global had knowingly used a "business structure" created in 2010 to hide his income in Spain from his image rights.

Cristiano Ronaldo has also denied defrauding Spanish authorities out of £13million between 2011 and 2014. The Independent claimed Ronaldo's malaise was down to money-with Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney earning more than him at the time.

The 32-year-old is now away with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, where he has so far evaded questions over his future - including skipping the traditional man-of-the-match press conference after Sunday's draw with Mexico.

The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Madrid from 2010-13, now manages Manchester United in England.

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Ronaldo is also reportedly considering a return to United after informing the Spanish champions he wants to leave the country after being accused of avoiding tax.

Speculation over Ronaldo's future is set to be broached later on Monday by Real president Perez, who stood unopposed for re-election this month and will now continue at the head of the European and Spanish champions until 2021.

The former Real Madrid boss has been accused of defrauding tax authorities to the tune of €3.3million by a Spanish regional prosecutor, with a complaint filed on Tuesday. His former club are interested in the very best players and Ronaldo can claim to be that right now, but United don't want to be used as a third party in a negotiating tactic.

Asked about potential clubs Ronaldo could join, Perez said: "I'm not contemplating Cristiano leaving". I have a good relationship with him after working together for eight years.

"I haven't learned very much about the situation, he's at a very important tournament at the moment in the Confederations Cup and until that ends I'm not going to disturb the atmosphere of his team", added Perez. We renewed his contract, but not because he was sad. "And we haven't done any offer for anybody".

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