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Cristiano Ronaldo accused of 14.8 million euro tax evasion

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Cristiano Ronaldo accused of 14.8 million euro tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of 14.8 million euro tax evasion

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EFE

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Tuesday accused of a 14.8 million euro tax evasion through offshore companies, the public prosecutor's office in Madrid announced.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Tuesday accused of a 14.8 million euro tax evasion through offshore companies, the public prosecutor's office in Madrid announced.

Ronaldo: four crimes against public treasury

The Portuguese footballer was accused of "four crimes against the public treasury between 2011-14... which involves tax fraud of 14,768,897 euros ($16.5m, £12.9m)", the office said in a statement.

"The accused took advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities, which is a 'voluntary' and 'conscious' breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain," it said.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been away with Portugal on international duty.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been away with Portugal on international duty.

Prosecutors accuse the 32-year-old Portugal forward, who is the world's highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine, of evading tax via two companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

Ronaldo is the latest football star to fall foul of Spanish tax authorities.

Cristiano, Messi and Macherano 

Argentina international and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro fine last year for tax fraud. The prison term will likely be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.

The 29-year-old and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

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The income related to Messi's image rights that was hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.

Meanwhile Barca's Argentine defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.

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*Update at 13 de junio de 2017

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