Tax Allegations surround three stars of La Liga
Spanish tax authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into multiple La Liga-based players including Gareth Bale, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
On a day that should be of celebrating his fourth Ballon d’Or victory, Ronaldo had to fight back questions concerning tax investigations against him and 36 other players within La Liga.
According to Bein Sports, this information came from the website “Football Leak”, which reveals wages, transfer fees and contracts of certain futbol players.
Based on these documents from the website, Ronaldo has shifted at least 150million euros (159 million dollars) through tax havens since 2009.
The site also showed that Neymar received an 8.5 million (9 million dollars) signing fee, and earned 77,000 euros (80,000 dollars) a week. As for Gareth Bale, his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid was more than 100 million euros (106 million dollars).
Spanish authorities are now reportedly investigating Ronaldo’s tax returns from 2011 to 2013. The general secretary of the Union of Spanish Tax Technicians, Jose Maria Mollinedo said if Ronaldo is found guilty of fraud, there is a possibility that the Real Madrid star could face six years in prison.
“From the reports about Cristiano Ronaldo, it looks like that he supposedly defrauded 160 million euros (170 million dollars). We would be looking at a case of aggravated tax fraud. That would mean a minimum prison sentence of, say, two years for each year of tax fraud”, said Mollinedo.
He continued to say that if the tax inspection covers three years, the minimum would be six years in jail. Ronaldo’s lone comment about the allegations was “You think I’m worried? You shouldn’t think that, I’m not afraid.”
Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013 and 2014, is in Japan with Real Madrid preparing for their Club World Cup semifinal match against Mexico’s Club America.