Cristiano Ronaldo Due in Court on July 31 For Tax Evasion Case

Amid swirling reports that Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United, comes a fresh report from Spain’s Marca that Mourinho is not in favor of a big-money move to sign the reigning Ballon d’Or victor.Jose Mourinho’s representatives have insisted that they have not been contacted by the Spanish tax authorities regarding allegations of fraud.Perez said Ronaldo is bothered by the way some media “treat him like a criminal”, adding that he is honorable and professional.Ronaldo is with Portugal at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation and has not said anything about his future since the A Bola story was published.Few would surprised is this turn of events ends rumours of Ronaldo making a return to Manchester United, with the Old Trafford club already keen to distance themselves from rumours of a bid in excess of €100m for their 32-year-old former star.Mourinho was accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes while he was Real Madrid coach from 2011 to 2012. He is now the coach of the British club Manchester United.That would leave four weeks before he is due to appear in court, with the date falling in the middle of Madrid’s USA tour.Ronaldo is the world’s highest-paid sportsperson, earning a reported £72m from salary, bonuses and endorsements a year ago.Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also reported to be interested but Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied the German champions would make an offer. He has won three Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys in his eight years in the Spanish capital. Mourinho left Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.The football world in Spain has been rocked by charges of tax evasion or corruption pressed against some of its top stars. Messi was given a 21-month jail term last month for failing to pay his taxes and owing over €10.1 million.Messi is unlikely to serve any time in prison as, under Spanish law, sentences of less than two years are usually suspended. The player is accused of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m, by also hiding his income from image rights.