Spain: Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax evasion

March 28 2017 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the dos Barreiros stadium in Funchal Madeira island Portugal. (AP

March 28 2017 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the dos Barreiros stadium in Funchal Madeira island Portugal. (AP

Ronaldo's guilt or innocence remains to be seen.

Gestifute, the agency representing Ronaldo, said in a statement: "There is no tax evasion scheme".

Other players to be accused of tax fraud include Fabio Coentrao, Falcao and Pepe, all of share the same agent (Jorge Mendes) as Ronaldo.

Messi and his father were first accused by a state prosecutor of tax fraud in June 2013.

A Spanish prosecutor has accused Real Madrid soccer standout Cristiano Ronaldo of using a shell company in the Virgin Islands to defraud Spain's tax office of 14.8 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2011 to 2014.

Ronaldo's agency had previously said he was up to date on his taxes.

Between endorsements and his salary with Spanish soccer club Real Madrid, Ronaldo made $93 million in the past 12 months.

It is claimed the player knowingly used his "business structure" created in 2010 to hide his income in Spain from his image rights.

In addition, the authorities said he only declared €11.5million of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to €43m.

The report says that he "intentionally" did not declare income of €28.4m ($31.8m USD) related to image rights, declaring just €11.5m ($12.9m USD) of earnings from 2011-14, while his real income was nearly €43m ($48.2M USD).

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was convicted of tax fraud for unpaid income from image rights a year ago, but he is not expected to serve prison time since it was his first offense.

The prison term will be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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