Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of tax fraud totalling €14.7 million.
News agency EFE reported that prosecutors in Madrid have filed official complaint to a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon. Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities for “voluntary” and “conscious” breach of his tax obligations.
According to a letter sent to the court by the prosecutor’s office, the Portugal international is alleged to have created a “business structure” in 2010 to conceal his earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014.
The money the Portugal captain, who was named by Forbes this month as the world’s highest-paid athlete, allegedly defrauded the Public Treasury out of amounts to a total of €14,768,897.
Ronaldo moved to Madrid in 2009 after Manchester United accepted a then-world record transfer offer of £80m.
He has won 11 major trophies in his time in Spain, including a LaLiga and Champions League double in the 2016-17 season.