Jose Mourinho looks set to become the latest victim of that pesky Spanish taxman, following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric.
Several publications are this afternoon reporting that the Manchester United manager will be prosecuted in Spain for tax fraud committed during his time in charge of Real Madrid.
Twitter was quick to attack the Portuguese tactician with some absolutely brilliant jabs.
Prison 5-A-Side FC are negotiating with manager Jose Mourinho and players Ronaldo & Modric. Big summer for them after already signing Messi
— Deji Kofi Faremi (@deejayfaremi) June 20, 2017
Breaking news: Duncan Castles has offered to serve any jail time Jose Mourinho may be facing in his tax dispute with the Spanish authorities
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) June 20, 2017
Mourinho running away from tax like… pic.twitter.com/g2YnZwaiLj
— John (@John62476349) June 20, 2017
Am hearing Jose Mourinho has cooled his interest in paying taxes. pic.twitter.com/K2NGZHEpFZ
— Howard Hockin (@howiehok34) June 20, 2017
One thing we can expect from Mourinho's tax fraud charges is a strong defence.
— Stephen Tudor (@TheDaisyCutter1) June 20, 2017
Mourinho now accused of Tax fraud in Spain… I don't know about any of you but I'm thinking maybe Spain has really bad accountants? pic.twitter.com/aVqlMe3pVn
— Drawty Devil (@DrawtyDevil) June 20, 2017
Jose Mourinho now accused of tax fraud in Spain.
You're next, for that time you went to Mallorca on holiday as a kid. Be warned.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 20, 2017
Only that's left now is a cheerleader , Klopp.
— utd ? (@_DePhoenix) June 20, 2017
Specialist in Fraud
— ⓡⓐⓕⓘ (@raficlassy) June 20, 2017
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) June 20, 2017
Tax Fraud FC XI so far, 4:3:3
Need LB/RB & Winger lol
— MiXLaD (@MXiXiXiX) June 20, 2017
According to the BBC, Mourinho is accused of “defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012.” That same report reveals a prosecutor said he did not declare income from the use of his lucrative image rights in order to get an “illicit benefit”.
As is mentioned in the tweets, Cristiano was the subject of similar accusations last week and is now supposedly seeking a move away from the Bernabeu as a result.
Mourinho, now 54, is yet to comment on the allegations. He’s currently on holiday after a long first season at Old Trafford that saw him lift two trophies as well as the Community Shield. He’ll be back in Manchester in the coming days as preparations for the pre-season tour of the United States get underway. Their first competitive game of the season is scheduled for August 8th against Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.