Ronaldo Ready To Pay 14.7 Million Euros In Spanish Tax Fraud Case

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Speaking at an event in Belfast, Ferdinand is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying "I hope" he comes back to United having left for a then world-record £80m in 2009.

Real Madrid, for what it's worth, appears to be doing what it can to retain Ronaldo, with manager Zinedine Zidane reportedly reaching out to calm the star's worries and pitch him on staying put.

"This contract was signed by both parties precisely two months after the alleged date, on the 31st of May 2010".

The guilty pleas of Di Maria, Mascherano and Messi, however, would suggest this is not always the case and Mourinho and Ronaldo will need to be certain the offshore companies they set up to receive their image-rights payments are entirely legitimate. 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.

'The Spanish government in turn, through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations'. He has agreed to pay fines and back taxes of €2m, while his one-year prison sentence is likely to be suspended.

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A statement from the Attorney General's Office confirmed that the Madrid Prosecutor's Office had lodged the papers, relating to 2011 and 2012, with the municipal court.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he has yet to speak with Cristiano Ronaldo regarding speculation that the star forward wants to leave Spain after being accused of tax fraud.

Revelations from the whistleblowing website Football Leaks have lifted the veil on the practices supposedly used by Mendes to optimise often enormous earnings from image rights by his clients. But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

Ronaldo is now facing four charges against the Spanish public treasury dated between 2011 and 2014, including a case of tax fraud worth United States dollars 65.5 million. A judge will now decide if the case goes to court.

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