Paris - Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho could have been involved in a
multi-million-euro system of "tax evasion and money laundering",
according to leaked documents obtained by a number of media outlets.
group of 12 European newspapers said it intends to disclose over the
next three weeks the results of investigations into widespread alleged
corruption at the heart of football under the banner "Football Leaks".
on leaked documents obtained by German weekly Der Spiegel, the outlets
claim that Real Madrid and Portuguese star Ronaldo could have "hidden
€150 million in tax havens in Switzerland and the British Virgin
Ronaldo, it is claimed, benefits from "a system developed by his agent Jorge Mendes".
They cite two operations related to advertising revenue of the Portuguese star.
first, between 2009 and 2014, could represent "€74.8 million via
an offshore company called Tollin, registered in the British Virgin
Islands", said the report released Friday.
"He would have eventually declared a part of it," added the report sent to AFP by the Mediapart organisation.
lawyers of the player told the (media) consortium that a Spanish tax
audit aimed at Cristiano Ronaldo was still in progress," the newspapers
In the second operation, Ronaldo could have "avoided €31
million of taxes" according to these newspapers, making the most
of "12 days of an ultra-advantageous tax regime" on his marketing rights
for the period 2015-2020.
According to the European Investigative
Collaborations (EIC) consortium, Manchester United manager Mourinho is
said - again via Mendes - to have "concealed €12 million in a
Swiss account owned by a British Virgin Islands company."
It was "subject to a tax audit in Spain... which resulted in a recovery of €4.4 million, penalties included".
first batch of leaks centred on "a system" put in place, according to
the newspapers, by Mendes, the super-agent of Ronaldo and Mourinho.
system overall would have accounted for a loss of "at least €185 million of sponsorship income from the tax administrations through a
network of offshore accounts and offshore companies in Ireland, the
British Virgin Islands, Panama and Switzerland".
Mendes's company Gestifute said Friday that Ronaldo and Mourinho had
"fully respected their obligations vis-a-vis the Spanish and British
The company accused the media consortium of operating in an "insidious" way concerning the stars' tax obligations.
It said that neither Ronaldo nor Mourinho "have been implicated in legal proceedings of the tax evasion commission in Spain".