Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Mourinho owes the Spanish tax authorities £2.9m (€3.3m), according to a statement, which added it had presented a claim to a local court.

He was in charge of Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013 and the prosecutor is alleging Mourinho that he did not declare image rights income to get "illicit benefit", according to the BBC.

Spanish prosecutors said they had filed a claim against the Manchester United manager on two counts of tax fraud during his Real Madrid stint.

Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a transfer away from Real Madrid in recent days after the 32-year-old was accused of avoiding tax by Spanish authorities.

Di Maria admitted to hiding €1.3 million in tax from the Spanish finance ministry over two years, 2012 and 2013.

Ronaldo and Mourinho have joined a growing list of football stars who are being investigated and prosecuted in Spain, in particular in relation to image rights.

In the season just ended, he won three trophies in his debut campaign at Manchester United, although he drew criticism after a poor league performance.

The statement said that the Spanish government, through tax authorities, "issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularized his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations".

It will now be up to a judge to decide whether the matter should proceed to court.

Other big names in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.

Prosecutors accuse the Portugal worldwide of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate. Ronaldo was reported to be unhappy with his treatment in the Spanish press and Real Madrid appeared to be at fault too for a lack of public support.

Other stars to have fallen foul of the tax laws include Neymar, Radamel Falcao, Javier Mascherano and Ricardo Carvalho, says the Daily Telegraph.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was convicted of tax fraud previous year and given a 21-month prison sentence, although under Spanish law he did not have to spend time behind bars.

Former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has been sentenced to a year in prison after admitting to tax fraud.

  • Stacy Allen