Christiano Ronaldo accused of £13m tax evasion

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Christiano Ronaldo looking frustrated during El Classico match against Barcelona in Nu Camp.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of evading €14.7 million (£13m/$16.4m) in tax payments by Madrid’s criminal prosecution system.

The economic crime arm of Madrid’s Provincial Prosecutor’s Office filed a complaint on Tuesday against the Portugal international for allegedly committing four crimes between 2011 and 2014.

The prosecution claims that during those four years Ronaldo would have avoided paying a grand total of €14.7m to the Spanish tax authorities.

In its brief, the prosecutor’s office points out that crimes are caused by “hiding from the treasury the income generated in Spain by the image rights”, which is a “voluntary and conscious” breach of one’s tax obligations in Spain.

Ronaldo is alleged to have evaded tax between 2011 and 2014:

2011 – €1,393,906.83,

2012 – €1,665,304.09,

2013 – €3,201,266.93,

2014 – €8,508,419.55