Croatian prosecutors said Monday they were opening an investigation into whether Real Madrid’s Luka Modric gave false testimony at the trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former boss, Zdravko Mamic.
The 31-year-old midfielder is suspected of “committing the criminal offence of giving false testimony” on June 13 at the tribunal in eastern Croatia, according to the prosecutors’ statement.
The statement did not name Modric directly but referred to “a Croatian citizen born in 1985”.
Mamic is accused — along with his brother Zoran Mamic and two others — of abuse, power and graft that cost the former Croatian champions more than 15 million euros ($17.6 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.
Cash was allegedly embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers, and Modric was called last week to testify over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham Hotspur. From there he joined Real Madrid in 2012.
The prosecutors alleged that, when questioned last week, Modric falsely said he had signed an annex to a contract with Dinamo over conditions for future transfers in July 2004.
When questioned during investigations in 2015, Modric said the annex was signed after he had joined Tottenham, according to the prosecutors.
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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane broke off his holiday to call Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to persuade his unsettled star not to quit the club, Spanish sports daily Marca claimed on Sunday.
Ronaldo, on Confederations Cup duty in Russia with Portugal, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.
“I am leaving Real Madrid,” Marca claim Ronaldo told his Portuguese colleagues. “I have made a decision. There is no turning back,” the daily sports paper reported.
According to Marca when Zidane heard Ronaldo had sworn to quit he broke off from his family holiday and called his No7 to tell him Madrid “needed him for his goals, and also his winning mentality”.
Marca also reported that club captain Sergio Ramos had called Ronaldo to ask him to stay.
In just 265 games for Real Madrid Ronaldo has scored 285 goals, winning three Champions League finals in four seasons.
The 32-year-old Ronaldo is the latest football superstar to come under scrutiny for tax evasion after Lionel Messi was handed a 2.1-million-euro ($2.3 million) fine last year for avoiding paying taxes on part of the income he earned from image rights via companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the authorities of 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.
While rumours about his departure from Real Madrid might be doing the rounds amidst a tax evasion case, one cannot deny that Cristiano Ronaldo had, what was probably the best year of his career.
It’s been a magnificent and illustrious year for Ronaldo, winning trophies internationally for Portugal as well as for his club.
And all that apart from his individual brilliance that won him a few awards as well; thanks to him being among the goals for the teams he played.
Scoring hat-tricks, reaching milestones, breaking records, the past one year Ronaldo surely made it a memorable one for himself.
From winning the La Liga and Champions League to holding the Euro 2016 trophy; Copa90‘s video (below) tells us why this was the best year of Ronaldo’s career.