Angel di Maria given hefty fine for Spanish tax fraud

Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused by Spanish authorities of failing to pay 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in taxes at Real Madrid as star player Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a judge next month.Ronaldo is accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of 14.7 million Euros (12.95 million Pounds) between 2011 and 2014 and will now testify on July 31, reports The Independent.Goal has learned that Ronaldo himself is keen to put both his legal situation and speculation surrounding his Real future to one side by focussing exclusively on the Confederations Cup with Portugal.The Argentinian worldwide defrauded the Spanish government to a sum of £1.14 million during his four-year spell with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014.Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after reportedly threatening to leave Real and quit Spain.They added that Mourinho had already dealt with questions raised by tax authorities in 2015, settling issues with his 2011 and 2012 filings and reaching a settlement regarding 2013.The cases regard the profits Ronaldo and Mourinho made from image rights, not their salaries from their clubs.The Argentine star, who now plays for Paris Saint Germain, was punished after admitting to tax fraud during his time with Real Madrid. The Portugal worldwide is set to give evidence in his case on 31 July.Perez said: “Cristiano has a contract and he is a Real Madrid player”.José Mourinho would join a growing list of football stars being investigated and prosecuted in Spain over accusations of tax evasion, in particular in connection with allegedly undeclared income from the sale of image rights by using companies based outside the country.Lionel Messi and his father Jorge, who managed his finances, were convicted of defrauding Spain of €4.1 million (£3.5 million) in taxes in 2016. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offence and the sentence was under two years.Former Barca defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.