Cristiano Ronaldo ‘could be hauled in front of Italian prosecutors as part of their investigation into Juventus’ financial dealings’ with authorities wanting information about a ‘secret agreement’ the Man United star allegedly struck with the Italian club
- Cristiano Ronaldo could be questioned as part of the investigation into Juventus
- The club’s offices in Turin and Milan were raided by financial police last Friday
- It follows claims Juventus falsely recorded the values of transfers over two years
- Italia media claim there is a lack of information about a reported ‘secret’ agreement with Ronaldo
- Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 appearances over three years with Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo could face questioning as part of the ongoing investigation into Juventus’ financial and transfer dealings
The club’s offices in Turin and Milan were raided by police last Friday with player contracts, invoices and financial statements taken as evidence.
It follows claims that Juventus falsely recorded the values of transfers between 2019 and 2021 to enable them to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Italian authorities took documents relating to transfers, invoices and financial statements with six Juventus officials – including club president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved under investigation, as well as Juventus itself.
Fabio Paratici, who was Juve’s sporting director before taking up a similar role with Tottenham last summer, is also under investigation. A probe by Italy’s football watchdog COVISOC and finance regulator Consob has already been opened.
As Sportsmail reported earlier this week, the £47million deal for Cristian Romero to Tottenham in August — the same day he left Juventus for Atalanta for just £13.5m — is one of 42 transfers being scrutinised by police amid claims of false accounting.
The club’s offices were raided last Friday with contracts, invoices and statements all taken
Now Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed the Turin Public Prosecutor could question Manchester United striker Ronaldo as part of the probe.
It’s alleged prosecutors are looking into a ‘secret’ agreement Ronaldo struck with Juventus during his time there that could relate to the amount of salary he deferred at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic or severance pay he received before leaving for Old Trafford this summer.
Reports in Italy claim there are recordings of phone calls where Juventus directors talk about a ‘document that should not have theoretically existed’ in relation to Ronaldo, but investigators are yet to find the document in question.
The Juventus directors who have been questioned by prosecutors so far have also reportedly failed to explain the nature of the deal that was struck with Ronaldo, who scored 101 goals in 134 appearances for the Italian giants.
It’s claimed Juventus falsely recorded the values of transfers for two years to comply with FFP
Therefore it is reported that they want to speak to Ronaldo about the matter in the hope the forward can clear up the ‘secret’ agreement and are considering summoning him back to Italy through his agent – GestiFute’s Jorge Mendes.
Other Juventus deals being probed include Manchester City’s £27.4m signing of Joao Cancelo two years ago.
The transfer saw Danilo move the other way in part-exchange, as well as another swap deal that saw Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic join Barcelona with Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo moving to Juventus.
A consumer rights watchdog in Italy has claimed Juventus could be relegated to Serie B and have their 2020 top-flight title stripped off them due to the investigation.
Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 games for the Italians before leaving for Manchester United
Reports suggest that police are investigating profits grossing €50million (£42m) acquired in a 24-month spell.
If Juventus were relegated to Serie B and stripped of their Scudetto title, it would be the second time the Old Lady have been sanctioned in this manner during the 21st century.
The Italian giants were demoted to Italy’s second devision saw their Serie A trophies in 2005 and 2006 taken away from them in the Calciopoli match fixing scandal, after a phone hacking scandal exposed direct relationships between club officials and referee organisations.
The 2005 title was left unassigned while the 2006 trophy was given to Inter Milan as Juventus were automatically put in last place.