Ronaldo responds to tax fraud allegations with silence

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Madrid, June 15 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo, accused of tax evasion by Spanish authorities, said on social media that he chooses to respond to these allegations with silence.

In a message posted to his Instagram account on Thursday, illustrated with a photo in which the Portuguese striker appears with his right index finger to his lips, he said “sometimes the best answer, it’s to be quiet”, reports Efe.

Cristiano published his brief comment the day after Real Madrid confirmed in an official statement its “full confidence” in the player.

The club declared that Cristiano has acted in accordance with the legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations.

“Real Madrid is absolutely convinced that our player, Cristiano Ronaldo, will prove his total innocence,” the statement said, in which the club indicated its confidence that justice will act as quickly as possible to establish his innocence.

In the indictment, the prosecution alleged that Cristiano had evaded tax “in a conscious and voluntary manner.”

The prosecution said the soccer superstar had taken advantage of a corporate structure created in 2010 that served to conceal the iconic player’s income derived from his image rights.

–IANS

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