The prosecutor’s office filed a complaint on June 12, stating he made a “voluntary and conscious” breach of his obligations in Spain by creating a business structure to conceal his earnings between 2011 and 2014:
- 2011 – €1,393,906.83
- 2012 – €1,665,304.09
- 2013 – €3,201,266.93
- 2014 – €8,508,419.55
Ronaldo strenuously denies the claims and Gestifute backed him up. The former Manchester United forward arrived at court around 11am on Monday, July 31 for the first day of his hearing. At this stage, it is not a full trial and takes place behind closed doors. Ronaldo discussed the charges in court for 90 minutes in Spanish, despite being offered the chance to speak Portuguese through a translator. Although he paid to install a stage with lights and sound equipment to speak to the media outside the building afterwards, Ronaldo stayed silent and made a quick exit while his lawyer spoke on his behalf.
“Everything is in order, he is on his way home,” he said. Gestifute, the company owned by his agent Jorge Mendes, will release a statement this afternoon. He could face heavy fines and a prison sentence if the Madrid prosecutor’s office finds him guilty of defrauding the tax authority out of €14.7m
According to Goals, the legal troubles led to claims Ronaldo wants to leave Madrid this summer, but speculation has died down and the issue is expected to be resolved as the case begins.