Real Madrid have insisted that the club’s Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not guilty of the tax offences he’s accused of.
On Tuesday, prosecutors in Madrid filed a complaint to a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon accusing Ronaldo of a “voluntary” and “conscious” breach of his tax obligations.
The 32-year-old is alleged to have created a “business structure” in 2010 to conceal his earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014. He is claimed to have defrauded the Public Treasury out of €14.7 million.
A statement released on the club’s official website read: “Real Madrid C.F have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations.
“Since his arrival at Real Madrid C.F in July 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown a clear will to fulfil all his tax obligations.
“Real Madrid C.F. are absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process.
“Real Madrid C.F. hope that justice is done as quickly as possible so that his innocence can be proven as soon as possible.”
Ronaldo’s representatives Gestifute issued a lengthy statement strongly denying the accusation, insisting “there has never been concealment, or the slightest intention to conceal” earnings.
Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament’s top scorer.