Angel di Maria pays 2m euros fine to settle Spanish tax case

Angel di Maria has agreed to pay 2m euros (£1.76m) to settle a tax case in Spain.

He will plead guilty to two charges of fraud relating to image rights during his time at Real Madrid.

Argentina international Di Maria is accused of failing to pay 1.3m euros to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.

The two charges of fraud which he is pleading guilty to carry an eight-month prison sentence each, but under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

Di Maria plays for Paris St-Germain is one of many high-profile players and managers to have their financial affairs under scrutiny.

United manager Jose Mourinho and Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo deny charges.

Mourinho has been accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spain of 3.3m euros (£2.9m) in taxes while he was Real Madrid coach from 2011 to 2012.

And Ronaldo is accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m) from 2011 to 2014.

In 2016, Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano received a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud while Barca superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar are both currently awaiting court decisions.

Both players deny any wrongdoing.

Cristiano Ronaldo will talk to Real President about his Future

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he will talk to Cristiano Ronaldo about his future after the Confederations Cup.

Ronaldo has said that he wants to leave Spain after tax fraud accusations against him.

The forward is currently with the Portugal squad in Russia, signed a new five-year contract in November 2016, but has been linked with a return to Manchester United.

“The only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player,” said Perez, who was re-elected on Monday.

Spanish prosecutors have accussed the Portugese star of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax, which he has denied.

“Obviously something has happened, something has affected him, his credibility,” Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero. “I’m sure he will tell us and we will see.

“It’s no coincidence that he’s in a very important tournament, the Confederations Cup. It hasn’t finished yet and I don’t want to disturb the Portuguese team.”

Perez says Ronaldo, who has also been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain, is not motivated by money.

He said: “He just wants to be the best player in the world. If Cristiano wants to leave Real Madrid, it won’t be for money.”

Perez said he is yet to receive an offer for Ronaldo – or striker Alvaro Morata or midfielder James Rodriguez, both of whom have also been linked with United.

“We want to keep all our players next season, including James,” he added.

Cristiano Ronaldo Denies Tax Evasion Accusations

Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax by Spanish prosecutors.
The prosecutors says that they have filed a lawsuit against the Portuguese player.

He is accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m; $16m) from 2011 to 2014.
In a statement, Cristiano Ronaldo’s representative denied that there had ever been concealment, or the slightest intention to conceal.

“It is clear that the football player did not try to evade taxes,” Ronaldo’s Gestifute management company said.

Ronaldo brushed off the accussations, saying he was not worried about tax investigations as he had nothing to hide.
In December, leaked documents suggested that Ronaldo had avoided tax on income allegedly held in offshore accounts – allegations he also denied.

When asked about that investigation, he told a journalist from Radio Television Portuguesa (RTP) “Quien no debe no teme”, which roughly translates as “He who has nothing to hide has no fear.”

Real Madrid wins the Champions League Final against Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as defending champs Real Madrid retained the Champions League title in Juventus thrashing.

This is Real’s record 12th triumph in the Champions League competition, And their third in four seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the playmaker in these championships, who has now scored in three different Champions League finals.

Ronaldo made sure that Juventus would not have a good start of the match, as he converted Dani Carvajal’s pass into a goal after 20 minutes.

But Mario Mandzukic equalized, firing an overhead kick past Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Real then proceeded with an onslaught, restoring their lead through Casemiro’s deflected shot before Ronaldo scored at the near post from a cross by the outstanding Luka Modric.

Juventus’ luck got even worse when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second caution after a clash with Sergio Ramos.

Substitute Marco Asensio emphasised Real’s superiority with a precise finish in the last minute.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues – as well as this season’s La Liga title.
SCORELINE

Real Madrid
Ronaldo (20′ minutes, 64′ minutes)
Casemiro (61′ minutes)
Asensio (90′ minutes)

Juventus
Mandzukic (27′ minutes)
Cuadrado (Dismissed at 83′ minutes)

Real Madrid win their first La Liga Title in 5 Years

Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 after winning in their final match against Malaga

Cristiano Ronaldo came in with the opener, latching onto Isco’s through ball to step around Carlos Kameni and tapping into the net.

Karim Benzema sealed the victory and the La Liga title with a second goal after the break.

Real, only needed a point to win the title. The club is now shooting for a double, as they face Juventus in the Champions League final.
Barcelona had won the past two titles, came from 2-0 down to beat Eibar 4-2 but they had needed Real to slip up if they were going to retain the trophy.

This means Zinedine Zidane, in his first full season as Real boss, is the first manager to lead Madrid to the La Liga title since Jose Mourinho five years ago.

If Real beat Juventus in Cardiff, they will become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League trophy.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane:  “It was very important [to win the league]. It was a lot of years without winning it and we knew that the league is everything.

“For Real Madrid, because it is the best club in the world, we have to return with this league title.

“He [Ronaldo] is always there to make the difference and I am happy for him – it is a little different because he is always there to do it.

“It has been a difficult season that we worked hard for, with some tough moments, but after 38 games we are top and that is it.

“The Spanish league is the best in my opinion and to win it in this way is incredible – I am very happy.”

Real Madrid are heading off to the Champions League Final

Defending champs Real Madrid beat Atletico in the 2nd leg of their semi-final to face Juventus in next month’s Champions League final in Cardiff.

Real Madrid had a 3-0 advantage from the first leg. But hosts Atletico stormed into an early 2-0 lead through Saul Niguez’s header and Antoine Griezmann’s penalty.

But Real ended their momentum with an away goal, when Isco poked in a rebound after Toni Kroos’ shot

This left Atletico needing three more goals to reach a third Champions League final in four seasons.

Ultimately, Atletico’s efforts were not enough as Real beat their rivals in the competition for the fourth successive season.

Real Madrid attempting to become the first team to win the Champions League twice in a row, will meet Juventus at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, 3 June.

Italian champions Juventus, who progressed with a 4-1 aggregate win over Monaco, are attempting to win their first Champions League title in 21 years.

It means a reunion for Madrid manager Zidane, who played in that final for the Italian side, with his former club.

“It has been a very important club for me in my career and I keep it as a club that has given me everything. It is going to be something special,” said the Frenchman, who played for Juve between 1996 and 2001.

What they said:

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane:

“We are very happy, happy to reach the final again. It is all merited, especially for the players who have worked so far. It’s deserved.

“We had difficulties at the beginning, we got two goals, but we did not have to worry. We knew we were going to have chances.

“We knew they would come out strong, with pressure. But after 25 minutes it changed completely. In the second part, we found our game.”

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi:  “The performance was the least we could do. I thought we were excellent in the first half. A moment of genius from Benzema took away from the dream but we never stopped fighting and I’m proud of everyone.”

 

Scoreline

Atletico Madrid
Ñíguez (12′ minutes)
Griezmann (16′ minutes pen)

Real Madrid
Isco (42′ minutes)

Ronaldo hat-trick wins Real Madrid Champions League 1st leg vs. Atletico Madrid

Scoreline

Real Madrid
Ronaldo (10′ minutes, 73′ minutes, 86′ minutes)
Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scores another Champions League hat-trick dominating in the semi-final first leg versus Atletico Madrid, closing in a third final in four years.

Real showed their dominance throughout the match, leading after 10 minutes when Ronaldo shot home with Casemiro’s cross.

Real Madrid fully capitalized their superiority when Ronaldo let the ball bounce and smashed an unstoppable shot from 16 yards past Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.

Ronaldo sealed their victory with the winner, making a second consecutive Champions League hat-trick, scoring five goals in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich. It was his easiest goal of the night, as he controlled Lucas Vazquez’s cross in plenty of space before firing home.

Atletico only had one shot on target and will need to pull out the performane of a lifetime to stop double-chasing Real from ending their European dreams for the fourth straight season.

Ronaldo, the top scorer in the history of the Champions League with 103 goals, solidified his place in the history books with his performance in this match.

He has now scored one more goal – 52 – in the knockout stages than he has in the group stages. He has now scored eight goals in his past three games in the competition, and is up to 13 Champions League semi-final goals.

What the managers said:

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone:

“We need to forget about this game.

“It seems impossible, but it is football and football has these unexpected things that make it marvellous.

“Until the last drip of hope is gone, we will give it everything we have.”

Real boss Zinedine Zidane:

“Cristiano is a goalscorer. He is unique. All the players were brilliant.

“I am happy with what I am doing here and with the players, we played a great game. We can hurt any side with our weapons.”