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Cristiano Ronaldo told to pay £24m or face a criminal trial for tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo has been told to pay £24million or face a tax evasion trial, according to reports in Spain.

The Real Madrid ace, 33, is alleged to have understated how much he earned from image rights between 2011 and 2014, which he denies.

And Diario AS claims the £13m demanded by Spanish authorities – plus another £11m in fees and commission – must be paid in full by June 15.

Ronaldo reportedly offered to repay around £12m to settle to case but saw his offer rebuffed.

Any trial would come after Ronaldo leads Euro 2016 champions Portugal in the World Cup.

It has been claimed the superstar’s comments following Real’s Champions League win may have been a reference to the ongoing tax row.

Ronaldo referred to his time at the Bernabeu in the past tense, sparking claims he could be leaving this summer.

But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner later distanced himself from those suggestions amid reports he wanted Real to foot the bill.

Portugal drew 2-2 with Tunisia in their first World Cup warm-up, with their skipper sitting out.

They face England’s group rivals Belgium on Saturday and Algeria next week before getting their tournament underway against neighbours Spain on June 15.

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