Cristiano Ronaldo has denied ever hiding any income from the taxman or committing any tax fraud in Spain.
The Portuguese international stated this on Tuesday through his representatives, hours after a tax fraud lawsuit was filed against him in Madrid.
“There is no tax evasion scheme … There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything,” Gestifute, the agency representing the Real Madrid player, said in a statement.
Spain’s prosecutor’s office in Madrid had said earlier that it had filed a lawsuit against the 32-year-old for allegedly defrauding Spanish authorities of 14.7 million euros 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.
It said the lawsuit was based on a report sent to the prosecutor’s office from Spain’s tax agency, AEAT.