Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly testify in court on July 31 in relation to the investigation into his alleged tax fraud.

A four-time Ballon d'Or victor, the 32-year-old Ronaldo is the top European soccer player.

On Tuesday, a Spanish judge ordered Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the highest-scoring players in the history of the game, to appear in court on July 31, according to Yahoo News.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo may be reconsidering his decision to leave Real Madrid, after president Florentino Perez's public show of support for him.

Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014.

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"But something really weird would have to happen if he were to leave this club".

"I have not talked with him yet, but I will talk with him in the upcoming days".

It is claimed that club divisions between the two were put to one side, as the Brazilian sent Ronaldo a message on WhatsApp expressing his support.

Spanish tax authorities are also targeting Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager who was on Tuesday accused of evading 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in tax during his stay at Real Madrid. Taking in consideration this situation, there are many clubs that could be interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, although few of them have the economic power to afford paying the transfer fee and the salary.

"We have build a legendary team with the best players in the world and the best players in Spain, but also many from the academy", said Perez.

Perez said on Monday that "as far as I know Cristiano has always met (his fiscal obligations)" and that "it all must be some sort of misunderstanding that will be cleared up quickly". There is nothing Real Madrid have to do now.

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