Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has denied accusations by Spanish prosecutors that he has avoided paying £13 million in tax.

A lawsuit has been filed against Ronaldo by the prosecutor’s office in Madrid, accusing him of evading tax beteen 2011 and 2014 by knowingly using a ‘business structure’ to hide money he made from his image rights.

However, Ronaldo’s representatives have issued a strong rebuttal of the accusations. “It is clear that the football player did not try to evade taxes,” Ronaldo’s Gestifute management company said in a statement.

This is not the first time Ronaldo has been accused of avoiding tax. Last December, leaked documents alleged that he had avoided tax on income held in offshore accounts. Ronaldo has denied these accusations too.

Real Madrid have also leapt to their player’s defence. In a statement, they said they had “full confidence” in Ronaldo, “who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations.

“Since his arrival at Real Madrid C.F in July 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown a clear will to fulfil all his tax obligations.

“Real Madrid C.F. are absolutely convinced that our player, Cristiano Ronaldo, will prove his total innocence in this process.”

Ronaldo’s great rival, Lionel Messi, recently had a 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud upheld, although he is unlikely to face any time behind bars.

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