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Mourinho accused of tax fraud

Mourinho, 54, allegedly owes the Spanish tax authorities €3.3 million ($3.7 million).Lionel Messi, considered one of the top two players in the world along with Ronaldo, was handed a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud a year ago.Prosecutors accuse the 32-year-old of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate.Mourinho joined Real Madrid football club in March 2010, transferring his residence for tax purposes to the Spanish capital after a spell as manager at Inter Milan.Ronaldo is at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, playing for Portugal.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid’s head coach.Rio Ferdinand has admitted that like most Manchester United fans, he’s hoping to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to the club amid rumours of a Real Madrid exit.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.I have not talked to him yet.”I haven’t learned very much about the situation, he’s at a very important tournament at the moment in the Confederations Cup and until that ends I’m not going to disturb the atmosphere of his team”, Perez said.Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).The two also clashed during their time together at Real Madrid, making matters even more complicated. He has claimed a haul of domestic trophies with Chelsea and other clubs.The Real star has been summoned to testify on July 31.He was handed a 21-month sentence, alongside his father Jorge, while Neymar will also stand trial later this year over his move to Barcelona from Santos.Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.