Ronaldo to Appear Before Judge in July for Tax Fraud

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

The complaint was quickly followed by reports that Ronaldo has chose to leave Madrid ahead of next season following his tax problems, but Perez is adamant the prolific forward will only be on the move for a huge transfer fee.

The 32-year-old is understood to be unhappy with what he perceives as a lack of protection from the club after he was charged with defrauding the Spanish government of £13m in unpaid tax. The hearing will take place at 09:00 GMT on July 31 in a court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports.

Ronaldo - on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2 - is facing four charges of fraud through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014. Perez, who has been re-elected as Real president, claimed the tax issues facing the player were a "misunderstanding" but that he had yet to speak with Ronaldo, who is now on Confederations Cup duty with Portugal in Russian Federation.

Perez said 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".

Ronaldo has informed Real Madrid that he wants to leave the club this summer after being charged with a €14.7m tax fraud by Spanish authorities.

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

However, club president Florentino Perez disclosed that no offers had been received to tempt Ronaldo away and Real was determined to keep him.

Mourinho is accused of using a corporate structure to hide image rights earnings from the taxman in 2011 and 2012. The AS report says Ronaldo "has felt comforted by Florentino's defense". And he is beginning to think about staying put at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, recent assurances from Real president Perez has also given his backing to the Portuguese frontman.

"I have not spoken with him".

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