Ronaldo can handle tax scandal pressure: Pepe

Last Tuesday, a Madrid-based prosecutor’s office accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud totalling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).Outraged at being unfairly treated by Spanish tax authorities, Ronaldo had earlier expressed his intentions to leave Real Madrid and Spain. Four-time victor of the “Golden ball” from 2011 to 2014, evaded paying taxes through created in 2010 by public organizations.Ronaldo’s Portugal team-mate Pepe has been heavily tipped to move to Ligue 1 giants PSG already this summer as the defender prepares to leave Real Madrid this summer.The Portuguese sensation was allegedly upset by the tax fraud allegations leveled against him by the Spanish tax authorities and had chose to quit the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, after the club didn’t back him.Perez said he could understood why the four-times world player of the year had been upset after he was accused last week of tax fraud. (Cristiano, however, is now on worldwide duty with his national team).A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid’s provincial state prosecutor’s office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.A judge will decide whether there are grounds to take the matter to court.Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinals first leg soccer match in May.Despite deciding to pay, Ronaldo continues to deny any wrongdoing, and will continue to “litigate to prove his innocence”, added the report.Perez found out about Ronaldo’s anger through the front cover of Portuguese newspaper A Bola, but has not spoken to him since his man-of-the-match display in the Champions League final win against Juventus.Other big names in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.In Spain, sentences of under two years are normally suspended.However, according to Spanish public broadcaster TVE, the 32-year-old has made a decision to pay the sum as a gesture of goodwill.