Jose Mourinho Desires to Sign Alvaro Morata Instead of Cristiano Ronaldo

Posted June 25, 2017

Jose Mourinho - one of the most successful managers of the last 20 years - has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of $3.6 million during his time as Real Madrid boss.

The problem of high profile footballers based in Spain not paying their taxes isn't isolated to the Bernabeu, however, with Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano both now serving suspended sentences themselves relating to unpaid taxes.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 24, 2017 file photo, Manchester manager Jose Mourinho waits for the beginning of the soccer Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. A judge will now decide if the case goes to court.

Ronaldo scored 42 goals in all competitions - 25 of those coming in LaLiga as Madrid claimed the league for the first time since 2012 after dethroning bitter rivals Barcelona.

Following speculations that Real Madrid's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will move to Manchester United, the English club's head coach, Jose Mourinho has expressed his interest in the footballer's teammate Alvaro Morata, instead of Ronaldo himself.

It said the Spanish government, through the taxman, had issued a certificate saying he had complied "with all his tax obligations".

Prosecutors allege the star player failed to pay €14.8 million in tax due between 2011 and 2014 and "intentionally" misled authorities by declaring €11.5 million in taxable earnings versus a real figure of $43 million.

In Spain, sentences of under two years are normally suspended. Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo, who is the world's highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine, of evading tax via two companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

Previously his global teammates Javier Mascherano accepted a one-year prison sentence as part of an appealing for tax evasion in January 2016 whereas Lionel Messi was also found guilty of tax evading and was sentenced to jail for 21 months, however, both were barred from going to prison.