The public prosecutor's office of Madrid filed a lawsuit against Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, accusing the Manchester United manager of defrauding the Spanish taxman of 3.3 million euros (3.7 million dollars) during his time as Real Madrid coach. I know Cristiano and he is a good guy, both as a professional and a person.
Madrid prosecutors said that after signing for the Spanish giants from Benfica in 2010, Di Maria had used companies in Panama and Ireland to hide earnings from the marketing of image rights.
In three years with Real Madrid, Mourinho won La Liga (2012) and the Spanish Cup (2011).
A prosecutor said he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit". "To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process", a statement on the Gestifute website reads.More news: Role of DUP, new partner in UK government
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Angel Di Maria agreed to a deal with Spain's state prosecutor on Wednesday in which the former Real Madrid forward admitted to two counts of tax fraud of nearly 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence. The list includes Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Radamel Falcao.
However, it has also been said that the 32-year-old made his decision two months ago, with the latest drama surrounding him making him want to leave the Santiago Bernabeu even more. "No offer has been received for him".
That came after Ronaldo also skipped his media duties as man of the match following Portugal's 2-2 opening-match draw with Mexico, claiming he needed to undergo treatment on a knock instead.
In an earlier report, Marca said Ronaldo has told his team-mates he was leaving and "there is no turning back".