Facing Tax Evasion Charges, Cristiano Ronaldo Says His "Conscience is Clear"

La Liga Chief on Neymar: 'I'd be more worried if Ronaldo or Messi left'

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is set to appear in court in Madrid today over accusations of evading millions of euros in taxes.

Ronaldo was accused of hiding income from Spanish tax authorities, using a business structure created in 2010 to allegedly hide his image rights income in Spain between 2011 and 2014.

Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo released a statement after he spent time in court answering questions with regards to allegations of tax fraud.

A stage was set up and a throng of global media was waiting for the 32-year-old to speak having given his evidence, but Ronaldo headed straight home after 90 minutes in a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives.

Ronaldo who is ranked as the world's highest paid athlete by Forbes Magazine is the latest player to fall foul of Spain's taxman; after the likes of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the offence a year ago.

Earlier this month, the court ruled he could pay 295,000 dollars in place of jail time. "Those who know me know I ask my advisors to keep everything up to date".

BBC reports that the Portuguese footballer was accused to have evaded $17.3 million in tax since 2010.

The Spanish tax authorities have been particularly aggressive with the football world over tax evasion.

Could Ronaldo Go To Jail?

Last month, Spain's state prosecutor also accused former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of defrauding 3.3 million euros in 2011 and 2012 from income made from image rights.

The player is expected to speak to the press after his court hearing. However, with Ronaldo playing a key role in Real Madrid's double winning campaign last season, it can all change come the end of the year.

If found guilty, the 32-year-old could face a prison sentence and heavy fines, though he strongly denies the allegations.

'I would be more anxious if Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi left'.

"The lawyers recommended to me by Manchester United created it in 2004, long before I thought about coming to Spain". That is where cases are heard if the defendant faces a prison sentence of more than two years.

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