Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office of €14.7 million in unpaid taxes, Spanish state prosecutor has filed a lawsuit.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Madrid’s regional state prosecutor charged Ronaldo, 32, with four counts of tax fraud from 2011 to 2014.
Spanish state prosecutor said the reason behind the lawsuit is that the Portugal captain “took advantage of a business structure created in 2010 to hide from fiscal authorities’ income generated in Spain from image rights.”
The statement said Ronaldo used what was known as Shell company in the Virgin Islands to “create a screen in order to hide his total income from Spain’s Tax Office.”
Ronaldo’s agency had announced earlier that he pay his taxes constantly his taxes. Last month, tax officials said he paid all his tax declarations in addition to an extra €6m in 2014.
Comments From Ronaldo
Speaking to El Chiringuito TV before the Champions League final, Ronaldo said the prospects of being charged is not stressing him. However, he was relaxed and did not lose his sleep.
“I am very relaxed about it — the truth is I’m very, very relaxed.” Ronaldo said. “I know that these things can be resolved with the best decisions. So I am good. I can say [that] from the depth of my heart, looking straight into the camera.”
“When you do things well you can go to bed feeling relaxed. And I sleep well always, always. So I am good, and only thinking about the Champions League final.”
Likewise, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was found guilty and was charged with tax evasion last summer. Spain’s Supreme Court has recently authorized a sentence of 21 months for the forward, despite the fact that the ruling was suspended as it was less than two years and he was a first-time suspect.