Cristiano Ronaldo’s tax fraud case is set to be heard in court on July 31.
The Real Madrid superstar is being accused of tax evasion amounting to £13million.
In a statement last Tuesday, the prosecutor’s office said Ronaldo had knowingly used a “business structure” created in 2010, to hide his income in Spain from his image rights.
The lawsuit is based on a report sent to the prosecutor’s office from Spain’s tax agency AEAT, it said.
This has led to Ronaldo apparently making an “irreversible” decison to leave Spain, because he is being “treated like a criminal” by the authorities.
He has been linked with a return to Manchester United, and has reportedly instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to broker a move back to Old Trafford.
The Portugal captain is currently away on international duty