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Cristiano Ronaldo accused of €14 million tax fraud

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Spain's prosecutor's office said it had filed a lawsuit against the Portuguese star.

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of knowingly using a business structure to hide his income in image rights worth a total of €14.7 million. Spain's prosecutor's office described his failure to pay the correct tax as "conscious and willing."

Ronaldo's representatives have not issued a statement, neither have Real Madrid.

Per The Telegraph:

Spain's prosecutor's office in Madrid said on Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo for allegedly defrauding Spanish authorities of €14.7 million between 2011 and 2014.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office said Ronaldo had knowingly used a "business structure" created in 2010 to hide his income in Spain from his image rights.

This involved a "voluntary" failure to comply with his tax obligations in Spain, the statement from the office's economic crimes section said. The accusations were based on a report from Spain's tax agency, it said.

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Prosecutors alleged that Ronaldo had defrauded the tax authorities of €1.4m in 2011, €1.7m in 2012, €3.2m in 2013 and €8.5m in 2014.