I did not evade tax intentionally- Ronaldo
The current Ballon d’Or holder appeared in court on Monday morning over accusations that he had failed to declare €14.7 million worth of taxes over the years 2011-14.
After the hearing that lasted an hour and a half, he refused to speak to the media, but afterward released a statement.
In his statement, Ronaldo noted that he had never hidden anything, nor ever had the intention of evading taxes. “The Spanish Treasury knows the details of all my income because we have given it to them,” he said.
“I always do my tax returns voluntarily because I think we all have to declare and pay taxes according to our income. Those who know me know what I ask my advisors: to have everything up to date and properly paid because I don’t want problems.”
“When I signed for Real Madrid, I did not create a special company to manage my image rights, but kept the same one that managed them when I was in England,” he stated, debunking the claim that he created a company to evade tax.
He further stated that: “Lawyers recommended by Manchester United created it in 2004, long before I thought of coming to Spain. The one used was usual in England and was verified by the Treasury and ratified that it was legal and legitimate.”
Ronaldo’s advisors are reportedly well assured that Ronaldo will be acquitted and the 32-year-old is equally calm over the outcome of the case.
“It is time to let justice work,” he said. “I believe in justice and I hope that there is a fair decision. In order to avoid unnecessary pressure, I have decided that I will not comment further on this matter until the decision is made.”