José Mourinho latest big sporting name accused of tax fraud

Jose Mourinho - one of the most successful managers of the last 20 years - has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of $3.6 million during his time as Real Madrid boss. The Portugal forward has strenuously denied the allegations and threatened to quit the country.

A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid's provincial state prosecutor's office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012. The Portuguese-born star is set to give evidence in his case on 31 July.

Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, which ends on July 2.

The prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which appear to show that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights".

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Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup with Portugal's national soccer team, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009.

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

Revelations from the whistleblowing website Football Leaks have lifted the veil on the practices supposedly used by Mendes to optimise often enormous earnings from image rights by his clients. Real Madrid and Man United are not directly involved.

Falcao himself is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico.

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Mourinho now coaches Manchester United.

Mourinho's management team - Gestifute - and Real Madrid did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

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

In a statement, Ronaldo's management company Gestifute said there had been no attempt to evade taxes.

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