The public Treasury Spanish will “perform inspections in timely” to clarify the tax situation of Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Saturday that the secretary of State for the Budget, in the aftermath of revelations alleging a cover-up alleged tax on the part of the attacker Portuguese.
According to information released Friday by twelve european media, in a joint investigation dubbed “Football Leaks”, Ronaldo is accused of having “hidden 150 million euros in tax havens, thanks to montages offshore through Switzerland and the british virgin Islands“.
“The information available to the ministry of the Budget correspond to those which have been brought to our attention by the media“, has responded Saturday to the secretary of State, Jose Enrique Fernandez de Moya at the microphone of the radio Spanish Cadena Cope.
“What I can say is that the tax administration is a body that is extremely professional and it goes without saying that it will carry out inspections that it considers appropriate“, he added.
Asked to confirm firmly if Ronaldo was to be the subject of an investigation by the public Treasury, Jose Enrique Fernandez de Moya replied: “As we do with the Spanish as a whole“.
The materials used by a media consortium, the”European Investigative Collaborations” (EIC), would show how Ronaldo “has received, in any discretion, a total of 149,5 million euro of revenues from sponsorship in tax havens over the past seven years“. “On this fortune, the attacker has not paid 5.6 million euros of taxes. Barely 4%, and without being prosecuted criminally,” said the EIC.
In a statement released Friday, the company Gestifute of Jorge Mendes, the agent of Ronaldo, has challenged any practices or criminal. The Portuguese has not been “involved in legal proceedings (of) the commission of tax fraud,” wrote Gestifute.
These charges are dropped then that Cristiano Ronaldo, the big favourite for the Ballon d’or 2016, was scheduled to play on Saturday with Real Madrid against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou the call of the Championship of Spain, one of the games most anticipated of the season.