Ronaldo hits back at tax allegations

Sports Desk

3 August, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday sent a defiant message to his critics and those accusing him of tax fraud, one day after defending himself in court.

Prosecutors say the Real Madrid superstar owes €14.7 million in taxes for image rights between 2011-201, but Ronaldo reportedly told judge Monica Gomez Ferrer that he had been unfairly targeted by the prosecutors only because of his high profile.

And he delivered a similar message on Instagram on Tuesday, writing: “What bothers people is my brilliance. Insects are attracted to lights that shine.”

Earlier in the day, AS reported that Ronaldo has until Aug. 11 to claim extenuating circumstances in return for a reduced sentence, which would involve him accepting culpability and paying the tax it is claimed he owes plus a fine.    —ESPN