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Ronaldo, Mourinho involved in 'tax evasion'?

03 Dec 2016 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
Footballers in tax fraud

Real Madrid's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho have been accused of tax evasion.

A group of European newspapers have claimed the details about tax arrangements of several footballers and coaches, including Ronaldo and Mourinho.

The group, European Investigative Collaborations, have said that further details about the investigation would be released in the next three weeks.

In context: Footballers in tax fraud

HistoryMessi, Neymar found guilty of tax fraud

Argentina's star footballer Lionel Messi was found guilty of defrauding Spain of $4.5 million between 2007 and 2009. Along with his father, Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison apart from huge fines for both.

Messi's Barcelona team-mate Neymar was ordered to pay $51.74 million for failing to report earnings from a number of lucrative contracts.

03 Dec 2016Ronaldo, Mourinho involved in 'tax evasion'?

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Mourinho concealed €12m in Swiss banks account: Reports

DetailsMourinho concealed €12m in Swiss banks account: Reports

According to the investigation group, Jose Mourinho has hidden €12m in a Swiss Bank account owned by British Virgin Islands company.

The reports also reveal that Ronaldo might have €150m hidden in Switzerland and he could have avoided paying €31m taxes.

The newspapers also claim that both Mourinho and Ronaldo may have benefited from a tax system orchestrated by their agent Jorge Mendes.

Gestifute denies the allegations

Both Mourinho and Ronaldo are represented by the same company, Gestifute. A statement released by the company said, "Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offense."