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Ronaldo to Appear Before Judge in July for Tax Fraud
By Safaa Kasraoui
Rabat - Real Madrid's key footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to appear before a judge on July 31, following accusations of tax fraud by the Spanish authorities.
Ronaldo is currently facing four charges against the Spanish public treasury dated between 2011 and 2014, including a case of tax fraud worth USD 65.5 million.
Gestifude, the Portuguese company that represents Ronaldo, told El Confidencial news platform that "we have differences of criteria, yes, but we are calm, because the actions of the player have always been clean and without hiding."
When it became public that a prosecutor in Madrid filed a tax fraud complaint against Ronaldo on June 13, the news went viral and several international media platforms speculated that this could cause the footballer to leave Real Madrid this summer.
Giant European superclubs, including Manchester United, have expressed interest in signing the player if the news of him leaving Los Blancos is proved to be true.
The player led Real Madrid to victory in both Spanish and European competition titles, namely La Liga and Champions League. The footballer’s release clause at his current team is EUR one billion.
Ronaldo is not the first footballer who has been accused of tax fraud in Spain. Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Javier Alejandro Mascherano have been also charged with tax fraud.