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Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared at a Spanish court where he was facing allegations he evaded millions in tax.

Prosecutors accuse the soccer star, reported to be the world’s highest paid athlete, of evading €14.7 million ($17.3 million) in tax.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, had been expected to make a statement after the pre-trial hearing, but left without saying a word.

The Real Madrid player has previously denied the allegations, saying his “conscience is clear”.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest in a string of soccer players to be pursued by the Spanish tax authorities.

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Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona, was handed a 21-month prison sentence after being found guilty of the same charge last year.

Earlier this month, the court ruled he could pay €252,000 in place of jail time.

However, Lionel Messi was only accused of evading €4.1 million in tax, €10.6 million less than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo spent an hour-and-a-half giving evidence to judges at a court in the Madrid suburb of Pozuelo de Alarcón on July 31, dodging the media camped outside by arriving and leaving via an underground garage.

According to prosecutors, Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly took “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities”, which was a “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s management has also denied the allegations.

However, if the case is sent to trial and Cristiano Ronaldo is found guilty, the Portuguese forward could face a fine of “at least €28 million” and a prison sentence of three-and-a-half years, the Gestha union of experts at Spain’s Inland Revenue says.


José Mourinho has denied tax fraud in Spain, saying the government had ratified his tax affairs.

The Manchester United manager was accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spain of €3.3 million ($3.6 million) in taxes while he was Real Madrid coach from 2011 to 2012.

A prosecutor said José Mourinho, 54, did not declare income from image rights in order to get an “illicit benefit”.

A statement released on José Mourinho’s behalf said he “has not received any notification”.

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It added: “To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process.”

The statement also said José Mourinho “paid more than €26 million in taxes, with an average tax rate of over 41%” during the three years until May 2013 and that he “entered into a settlement agreement” with the Spanish tax authorities after a change of rules in 2015.

José Mourinho has been accused of two counts of tax fraud – €1.6 million in 2011 and €1.7 million in 2012. The Madrid prosecutor said the case was presented to a local court.

Other prominent soccer figures have been accused of tax fraud in Spain in recent months.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under José Mourinho Mourinho and shares the same agent, is accused of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million, by also hiding his income from image rights.

Cristiano Ronaldo denies the accusations and is threatening to leave Spain. The Portuguese is set to give evidence in his case on July 31.


Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax.

The prosecutor’s office in Madrid says it has filed a lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese player is accused of evading tax of 14.7 million euros ($16 million) from 2011 to 2014.

The world’s highest-paid sports star had previously said he was not worried about tax investigations as he had nothing to hide.

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On this occasion Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of knowingly using a “business structure” to hide income made from his image rights.

In December, leaked documents suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo had avoided tax on income allegedly held in offshore accounts.

The soccer player denied the allegations.

When asked about that investigation, Cristiano Ronaldo told a journalist from Radio Television Portuguesa (RTP): “He who has nothing to hide has no fear.”

According to Forbes‘ annual list of the world’s wealthiest people, Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s highest-paid sportsperson for the second successive year.

In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo earned $93 million from salary, bonuses and endorsements.

Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho have been accused of tax avoidance, according to claims based on a huge document leak.

They allegedly avoided paying tax on millions of dollars of earnings by moving large sums to the British Virgin Islands.

The allegations are said to be based on two terrabytes of leaked information which include original contracts.

Both of them deny the claims.

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Soccer agency Gestifute, which represents Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho, said in a statement: “Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities.

“Any insinuation or accusation made to Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted.”

The claims were published by an international consortium of journalists which obtained a trove of about 18 millions documents. Other top players were named in the documents.

The European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) consortium includes German newspaper Der Spiegel, Spain’s El Mundo and the UK’s Sunday Times. It says it intends to publish a series of articles under the banner “Football Leaks” over the next few weeks.

The leak comes eight months after the so-called Panama Papers lifted the lid on how the world’s rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth.

One of the newspapers in the consortium, the Dutch NRC, alleges that Cristiano Ronaldo moved €63.5 million ($67.7 million) to the British Virgin Islands at the end of 2014.

The paper says Cristiano Ronaldo received sponsorship fees which were moved via two Irish companies to the tax haven, 11 days before Spain changed an advantageous tax law.

The NRC says the striker has so far not responded to questions asked by the consortium.

According to El Mundo, the leaked documents relate to the time that Jose Mourinho spent as manager of Real Madrid, between 2010 and 2013.

Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo’s current employer, did not respond to requests from news agencies for comment.

Manchester United said the allegations related to events before Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club and so it would not comment.

Jose Mourinho is reported to have moved €12 million ($13.2 million) into a Swiss account owned by a British Virgin Islands company, according to the EIC.

According to the reports, December 2 first batch of leaks centered on “a system” put in place by Jorge Mendes, whose company has denied any wrongdoing.

Jorge Mendes’ company, Gestifute, said in a statement that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho “have been implicated in legal proceedings of the tax evasion commission in Spain”.

Gestifute noted it had taken legal redress against claims of tax evasion and stressed it had always acted with “the highest degree of professionalism in relations with [its] clients and authorities”.

It accused the media consortium of operating in an “insidious” way concerning the stars’ tax obligations.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s mom, Dolores Aveiro, was stopped last month at Madrid airport with €55,000 ($61,000) in her handbag, El Mundo newspaper reports.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, 30, is the world’s highest-paid soccer player.

According to El Mundo, Dolores Aveiro, 61, was stopped by the civil guard while waiting for a flight home to Portugal.

Dolores Aveiro could not explain to officials why she needed so much cash, the publication said.

It said that the money will be held by officials until she pays a fine and fills in the correct documentation.Cristiano Ronaldo mom Dolores Aveiro

Spanish rules drawn up to prevent money laundering stipulate that the maximum amount travelers are permitted to take out of Spain without declaring the transfer is €10,000.

Anyone who breaks this rule is not guilty of a crime, El Mundo said, but an administrative offence.

Dolores Aveiro is reported to spend long periods of time with her multimillionaire son in his luxury mansion near Madrid.

She was reported to have been briefly held by border police at Barajas airport in the middle of last month and must now pay a €600 fine in order to get the cash back.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract at Real Madrid earns him around €350,000 each week.


Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid has beaten Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich to win the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

The 28-year-old forward was named as the world player of the year for the first time since 2008 by national coaches, captains and journalists.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named as the world player of the year for the first time since 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo was named as the world player of the year for the first time since 2008

Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer won the women’s world player of the year.

Former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes picked up the coach of the year accolade.

Lionel Messi, 26, had won the award for the last four years.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has opened CR7 museum in his honor, which he said has extra room to be filled by future trophies.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, is currently on the three-man shortlist to be named the Ballon d’Or winner for a second time.

“It’s a special day, I don’t want to mention specific ones” he said.

“All I want is to win more and if the Ballon d’Or comes, there is extra room here.”

The museum in his native Madeira, Portugal, exhibits more than 125 awards.

Cristiano Ronaldo has opened CR7 museum in his honor, which he said has extra room to be filled by future trophies

Cristiano Ronaldo has opened CR7 museum in his honor, which he said has extra room to be filled by future trophies

Cristiano Ronaldo won the prestigious 2008 Ballon d’Or title, formerly known as the FIFA World Player of the year title, while with Manchester United.

Before his six-year spell at Old Trafford ended with a then-world record $120 million transfer to Real Madrid in 2009, he won three Premier Leagues, one Champions League, one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Fifa Club World Cup.

His success has continued in Spain, where he won the Copa del Rey in 2010-11 and La Liga in 2011-12 under now Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The Portugal international opened his museum, which occupies the ground floor of a five-storey building, in front of a frenzy of reporters and fans.

“Here is the evidence of what I have won, no one will take it away from here and these were things I wanted to share with my fans, show them what I have already achieved,” Cristiano Ronaldo said speaking from the island of Madeira which is approximately 250 miles off the southern coast of Portugal.

The first piece on display dates back to when Cristiano Ronaldo was eight and top-scored in a tournament with his boyhood club Andorinha. It also contains mementos from his senior playing career, including two Golden Boot awards won for being European football’s top scorer.

Cristiano Ronaldo is competing with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to be named the 2013 Ballon d’Or recipient, with the winner to be revealed at a ceremony in Zurich on January 13.

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On Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rihanna met up backstage at her concert in Lisbon, Portugal.

Real Madrid football player Cristiano Ronaldo posted a picture backstage with Rihanna following the show, flashing the peace sign as the singer pouted next to him for the camera.

Cristiano Ronaldo captioned the shot with a casual: “Yesterday at @rihanna’ s concert.”

It’s not the first time Cristiano Ronaldo has made headlines by posing up with popstars.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rihanna met up backstage at her concert in Lisbon

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rihanna met up backstage at her concert in Lisbon

Last week, the sportsman met One Direction at the Spanish club’s training ground, as the boys took some time out from their whistle-stop European tour to train with Jose Mourinho’s men in the Spanish capital.

At the end of their brief kickabout, three of the band members enjoyed a meet-and-greet with the manager, who presented them with a Real Madrid shirt, before they caught up with the players.

“They told us that we had the opportunity to come to see the Real Madrid players and that was very exciting for us,” revealed Niall Horan.

“It is amazing to see how they train and see so many such good players. We are big football fans and Real Madrid are one of the best teams on the planet.”

Fellow bandmate Liam Payne added: “Cristiano Ronaldo is my favorite player, he is one of the best in the world.”


Cristiano Ronaldo last night denied cheating on his girlfriend Irina Shayk with Brazilian model Andressa Urach who won the title Miss BumBum at a catwalk competition in 2012.

Andressa Urach, 27, had claimed Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo slept with her in a hotel just 48 hours before a key Champions League semi final which his team lost 4-1 to German side Borussia Dortmund.

The Brazilian model told The Sun: “I have always thought Cristiano is one of the most gorgeous men in the world, so I couldn’t believe it when he got in touch with me.

“He said he was very excited by my pictures online and one of the first things he asked me was if I really was a Miss Butt Brazil model.”

However, Cristiano Ronaldo said in a statement on Twitter last night: “I was informed that The Sun, faithful to its editorial line, will publish an article where is given voice to a so called Andressa – someone seeking the limelight on my account.

“And I wonder why this happens one day before a very important game for my team. Deeply outraged by a situation intended, in vain, to affect my personal life.

“I just want to clarify I was in fact at the Hotel Villa Magna on April 22 giving an interview to Manu Sainz, something the reporter himself is able to corroborate. Everything else is pure fiction and forgery.”

Cristiano Ronaldo last night denied cheating on his girlfriend Irina Shayk with Brazilian model Andressa Urach who won the title Miss BumBum at a catwalk competition in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo last night denied cheating on his girlfriend Irina Shayk with Brazilian model Andressa Urach who won the title Miss BumBum at a catwalk competition in 2012

Andressa Urach had told The Sun it happened a day after Cristiano Ronaldo was pictured leaving a restaurant in Madrid with his girlfriend Irina Shayk.

Irina Shayt, 27, had her arms crossed and wore a downcast face.

Speaking about their tryst, she said: “It was incredible, his body’s perfect, like a Greek god. He went on for hours and would not stop talking about my butt.”

Andressa Urach claimed Cristiano Ronaldo told her he had dreamed about her behind and called her his “little horse” before asking her to come to Madrid and meet up.

She told how they linked up at the city’s $20,000-a-night Villa Magna hotel after she took a taxi there and waited for him in the lobby.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in a grey Audi R3 and parked in an underground car park before taking a private lift to his room, from where he texted her his room number, The Sun reported.

Cristiano Ronaldo is dating Russian beauty Irina Shayk, who is known as one of the world’s top swimwear and lingerie models.

On Thursday Irina Shayk was in the UK attending the launch of the new Eleven Paris store in London.

Irina Shayk and Cristiano Ronaldo started dating three years ago – just weeks before Ronaldo announced he had become a father to a baby son with an unnamed American mother.

Although the Real Madrid player announced he had “exclusive guardianship” of the tot Cristiano Jr., his mother Dolores is helping to raise the child in Portugal.

Over the past few years, Irina Shayk seemed to have embraced the role as surrogate stepmother to the child and has been seen doting over the little boy on frequent occasions.

However, since they started dating in May 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk regularly go for weeks or sometimes months without seeing each other.

Irina Shayk is based in New York for her modeling work, but travels all over the world, while Cristiano Ronaldo splits his time between Madrid and his native Portugal.