The alleged tax avoidance schemes of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish’s club former coach Jose Mourinho, who is now manager of Manchester United, have been leaked to a number of European media outlets, including Britain’s Sunday Times
, German weekly Der Spiegel and Spanish daily El Mundo.
CNN was unable to independently verify the reports, but the Gestifute agency,
which represents the two larger-than-life Portuguese figures, has denied any wrongdoing by its clients.
“Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities,” the agency, founded by super agent Jorge Mendes, said in a statement.
The allegations stem from the transfer of image rights fees — worth $160 million in Ronaldo’s case — to offshore companies in areas of little or no tax jurisdictions.
The revelations have caused a…
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