Jose Mourinho accused of €3.3m tax fraud in Spain

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 26, 2017

In a statement obtained by Reuters, the Spanish prosecutor said: "Ceding image rights to (Tollin Associates) was completely unnecessary and its only objective was to create a screen to hide the totality of his image rights income from the Spanish tax authorities".

Last year, Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of €4.1m from income made from image rights.

However, the former Manchester United forward is unlikely to spend any time behind bars though - most sentences under two years in Spain are suspended for first-time offenders.

A Spanish prosecutor has filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho over alleged tax fraud.

Di Maria has pleaded guilty to the two charges, which each carry a six-month sentence, but the Argentina global will not serve jail time as sentences below two years in length are normally suspended under Spanish law for first-time offenders.

Swiftly following the announcement that the 32-year-old was being investigated, it was reported that he wanted to leave Spain, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain both closely linked with a move for the four-time Ballon d'Or victor.

That came after Ronaldo also skipped his media duties as man of the match following Portugal's 2-2 opening-match draw with Mexico, claiming he needed to undergo treatment on a knock instead.

According to Don Balon, several players at Real would welcome a Ronaldo exit: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio and Luka Modric.

Naturally, Old Trafford emerged as the most likely destination for the 32-year-old, the ground he spent six remarkable seasons at.

Also, last month former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao were accused by the prosecutor's office of not paying all their taxes.

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