Following the investigation of Italian top side Juventus over their financial issues that could land the club in relegation if found guilty, Cristiano Ronaldo has been mentioned. According to reports, it is gathered that the player could face questioning as part of the ongoing investigation by Italian authorities into Juventus’ financial and transfer dealings.
Cristiano Ronaldo to be Summoned by Turin Police for Investigation
The club’s offices in Turin and Milan were raided by police last week with player contracts, invoices, and financial statements taken as evidence for further investigation. The operation was carried out over 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 Juve officials. The club president Andrea Agnelli and the vice-president Pavel Nedved are all under investigation and the club itself. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici who is now doing the same function with Premier League side Tottenham, is also under investigation.
A probe by Italy’s football watchdog COVISOC and finance regulator Consob has already been opened. In a report 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 the investigating committee.
It is now reported that Turin Public Prosecutor is likely to question the Portuguese International who is currently with Manchester United. They believed Cristiano Ronaldo struck a ‘secret’ agreement with Juventus during his time with the club. They have also reported recordings of phone calls where Juventus directors talk about a ‘document that should not have theoretically existed’ concerning Cristiano Ronaldo. Still, investigators are yet to find the document in question.
The prosecutors are now willing to speak to Ronaldo about the matter in the hope the former Real Madrid and five-time Ballon d’Or winner will tell them the said ‘secret’ agreement and are considering summoning him back to Italy through his agent Jorge Mendes.