Cristiano Ronaldo And Jose Mourinho 'Fully Compliant' With Tax Obligations Insists Gestifute

This latest scandal is the last thing that either Ronaldo or Mourinho needed.

Information was originally passed from the Football Leaks whistleblowing site to German publication Der Spiegel earlier this year, and investigated by 60 journalists in the months following.

The allegations are reported by an global consortium of media organisations, which includes the Sunday Times, after a huge data leak of more than 18 million documents.

In its statement, Gestifute complained of "insidious, disrespectful and threatening" questioning from the media over the tax arrangements of its clients, especially after the Panama Papers were leaked past year.

Ronaldo and Mourinho deny the claims.

Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star, and Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, allegedly moved large sums to the British Virgin Islands.

Der Spiegel, which said it had received 1.9 terabyte of confidential financial data from the website Football Leaks, reported that Ronaldo sold €75 million of advertising copyrights to two offshore company in the British Virgin Islands in 2014 but "apparently did not pay taxes for €63.5 million" of that money.

A 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".

"Any insinuation or accusation made to Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted".

In the second operation, Ronaldo could have "avoided 31 million euros 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. Manchester United said the allegations predated Mourinho's arrival this summer and that it would have no comment.

Friday's first batch of leaks centred on "a system" put in place, according to the newspapers, by Mendes, the super-agent of Ronaldo and Mourinho.

Gestifute's statement said that their clients had respected "fully their obligations regarding Spanish and British authorities".

"We always act with the highest level of professionalism in our relationships with our clients and the authorities in all those countries in which we operate".

"On this amount, the striker paid only 5.6 million euros in taxes, or barely 4%", added the report.

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