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Spain court calls Ronaldo to testify

Statements from the prosecution indicate that Ronaldo will be charged with using offshore financial instruments, including holdings in the British Virgin Islands, to hide payments made to him for the use of his brand to promote products. They also said they signed another related statement for 2013.Cristiano Ronaldo’s woes deepened yesterday when the star striker who reportedly wants to quit Real Madrid was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.”The only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player”, he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero, on the day he was re-elected president of the European champions.As for Mbappé, one of the possible successors of CR7 in the Spanish capital, Florentino said: “I haven’t seen him play too many games and at the moment he’s a player of Monaco”.Falcao himself is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico.Prosecutors said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of €1.15 million in 2014.Ronaldo is now under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.After leaving Madrid, he returned to England for a second spell with Chelsea before joining United, with whom he won the Europa League and the League Cup in the season just finished.Mourinho’s management team – Gestifute – and Real Madrid did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.Nowadays, Spain’s courts have been busy tackling the alleged and real multi-million-euro tax evasion of football’s greatest stars. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offense and the sentence was under two years.Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi was given a 21-month sentence past year, which he is unlikely to serve, for having defrauded the national purse of 4.1 million euros of undeclared image rights earnings.It remains hard to believe Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Real Madrid this summer, but a move to Paris may well be more likely that a return to Manchester if the improbable comes to pass.