Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy that the Spanish government has accused him of evading tax.
According to reports, the Real Madrid forward is seething by the accusation that he has ‘defrauded’ €15million (£13m) from the Spanish government through tax and has vowed to leave Real Madrid and Spain if he is convicted.
Ronaldo is believed to be angered with the way he is being treated despite making voluntary payments years ago to the government.
In 2014, Ronaldo reportedly made an extra payment of €6m (£5m) to the government and now feels that the accusation is a result of a difference of interpretation of Spain’s complicated tax laws on image rights and should not therefore result in criminal proceedings.
A Madrid judge will decide over the next fortnight if the case goes to court and Ronaldo will have 30 days to decide if he is to plead guilty and pay a fine or fight the case and risk a stronger punishment.
Lionel Messi was given a 21-month suspended sentence last year for having defrauded the national purse of €4.1m (£3.6m) of undeclared image-rights earnings.