Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud

Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused by Spanish authorities of failing to pay 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in taxes at Real Madrid as star player Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a judge next month. "Cristiano is not a business, it is history of Real Madrid".

Perez also confirmed that the 32-year-old has a release clause of £1billion.

If Ronaldo does not make a pact, he runs the risk of going to prison for the four counts of tax fraud he is accused of.

A two-time La Liga victor, his 285 goals in 265 league appearances mean he is second only to Barcelona's Lionel Messi in that competition. "We don´t want to disturb his concentration with the national team", said Perez.

In an interview with Spanish outlet Marca, Perez stated: "I think this [tax issue] is the worst thing that has been set upon Cristiano, and I agree with him".

Of course, the stories surrounding Ronaldo's future were treated with plenty of suspicion and cynicism as it was believed that he was simply stalling for time until Real officials made the taxman problems disappear.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup playing for Portugal, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009.

Perez said Ronaldo had clearly done nothing wrong and Perez was appalled that the "presumption of innocence is not respected" by the media who have branded the player a delinquent.

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"But something really freakish would have to happen for him to leave this club".

"I don't have any solution, but Cristiano, like everyone else, has a contract and is a Real Madrid player", Perez told radio station Onda Cero after earning a third consecutive mandate at Real.

They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes after a 2014 inquiry, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15 million euros.

Perez's first task after being reelected unopposed as Real Madrid president on Monday will be to appease Ronaldo amid speculation the four-time world player of the year wants to leave.

The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain.

His expression to leave Madrid has opened potential moves to Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

The forward had helped United win three Premier League titles and the Champions League in his six years at the club, and had also won the Ballon d'Or.

  • Sidney Guerrero