Di Maria agrees deal in Spain over tax fraud

Jun 25, 2017, 01:10

Former Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria has reached an agreement with Spanish prosecutors over a tax evasion charge related to his image rights, a Madrid-based court said on Wednesday.

Ronaldo - on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2 - is facing four charges of fraud through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo's woes deepened yesterday when the star striker who reportedly wants to quit Real Madrid was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.

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FLORENTINO PEREZ, Real Madrid president, denying that star man Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave in the wake of his tax fraud case.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal against Juventus during their Uefa Champions League Final match at The National Stadium of Wales, Cardiff June 3, 2017.

The former Benfica player is the latest in a long line of players and coaches accused of evading taxes in Spain after his former team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo and current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also among the accused.

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He is said to have defrauded the Spanish government out of £1.14million during his four-year spell at the Bernabeu. And the 31-year-old superstar is now said to have begun to rethink his decision to leave Madrid after eight years, on the back of Perez's backing on him on Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

Ronaldo played for the northern English giants from 2003 to 2009, when he left for Spain.

Despite insisting Madrid could cope without Ronaldo, Figo does not believe the 2016 Ballon d'Or victor, who is hot favourite to win the 2017 award too will ultimately leave.

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But amid claims he will meet with Perez after global duty with an offer from Paris Saint Germain under his arm, Ronaldo has chose to fight on and make no pre-payment of the money he is accused of having defrauded.

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