Ronaldo pleads innocence in court

Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘never hidden anything’ and insisted no special tax scheme was set up when he arrived at Real Madrid in 2009.

The Portuguese star appeared in a Madrid court on Monday accused of evading €14.7m in taxes but insisted he was totally innocent.

“The Spanish tax service [Hacienda] knows the detail of all my income because we have given it to them,” read a statement from Ronaldo.

“I have never hidden anything, nor did have I ever had the intention of evading taxes.

“I always do my tax declaration in a voluntary manner, as I think that we must all declare and pay taxes according to our income. Those who know me know that this is what I ask from my advisors and that they keep everything up to date, and correctly paid, as I do not want any problems.

"When I signed for Real Madrid, I did not create a special structure to manage my image rights, I just kept them the way they were managed when I was in England.

“The lawyers who were recommended to me by Manchester United created it in 2004, long before I thought of coming to live in Spain.

“The structure was normal in England, accepted by the English tax authority who ratified it as legal."

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