Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo accused by Spanish prosecutors of same crime as Leo Messi

Whatever Leo Messi can do, Cristiano Ronaldo can do better!

Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed an incredible year on and off the pitch but the Portuguese superstar is dealing with some rare bad news on Tuesday.

Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo for alleged tax fraud of £13m (€14.7m) between 2011 and 2014.

There are of course plenty of similarities with Leo Messi, who has famously had plenty of issues with the tax man in Spain.

Spanish prosecutors cite Leo Messi in Ronaldo complaint

The Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid has filed a complaint against Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who is accused of creating a corporate structure to defraud €14.7 million in a “conscious” manner.

Ronaldo is accused of four crimes against the Public Treasury committed between 2011 and 2014 and which involve a tax fraud of 14,768,897 euros.

The prosecutor, who cites in his complaint the recent judgment of the Spanish Supreme Court against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to Marca, stress that Ronaldo has taken advantage of a corporate structure created in 2010 to hide the revenues generated in Spain from his image rights.

This is seen as a “voluntary” and “conscious” breach of his obligations, according to prosecutors in Spain.

Will Cristiano Ronaldo fight this like Leo Messi?

Last month, Leo Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison by Spain’s Supreme Court.

This sentence was handed out to Lionel Messi after he was sentenced by a Barcelona Court for three crimes against the Public Treasury.

Nevertheless, Messi’s sentence has been reduced to 15 months in jail and the sentence imposed on the Barca striker’s father.

Messi will not spend time in jail as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.

Pepe, who shares the same agent as Cristiano Ronaldo (Jorge Mendes) vociferously fought tax allegations that were aimed against the Portuguese defender.

There is every chance that Ronaldo will come out fighting against this lawsuit in the coming weeks.