Ronaldo denies tax fraud in court
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo denied hiding millions of dollars in income at a court hearing near the Spanish capital on Monday where he was charged with tax evasion.
"I have never hidden anything, nor have I had the intention of evading taxes," Ronaldo, 32, told the court, according to a statement from the sports agency which represents him, Gestifute.
"I always voluntarily file my tax returns because I think we all must file a return and pay taxes according to our income. Those that know me, know what I ask my advisors: that they have everything up to date and properly paid, because I don't want problems." Accused of having evaded US$17.3mn in tax, he entered and left the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, via an underground garage to avoid the press.