Italian police have discovered a secret document signed by Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo. It can lead to big problems for the “Old Lady”, reports “Gadzeta delo sport”. Bill was found during the investigation against the “Bianconeri” on suspicion of false accounting and market manipulation.
During the searches, an agreement from 2020 was discovered, according to which Juve undertakes to pay the Portuguese the sum of 19.9 million euros. This happened during the period of a drastic reduction in wages due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. However, this agreement was not registered in the club’s account. What is even more striking is that the document is marked “Do not be disclosed”.
As is known, the 37-year-old Ronaldo was part of Juventus from 2018 to 2021.
In December last year, the financial police in Italy raided the offices of the “Old Lady”. At the time, Juventus commented that they had always acted in accordance with the laws in force and were fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation. The prosecutor’s office was looking for evidence of fictitious transfer writing, as well as what exactly happened to the salaries of the players during the period of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Juventus, the board of directors and its members have been informed that the current phase of the investigation has been completed, announced the head of the prosecutor’s office in Turin, Anna Maria Loreto. The practice in Italy is that the conclusion of the investigation usually precedes any request by the prosecutors to send the suspects to trial.
According to the Reuters agency, which refers to its source with direct observations of the case, the number of suspects is 15. These are former and current managers. This includes club president Andrea Agnelli, vice-president Pavel Nedved and executive director Maurizio Arrivabene. There is still no official statement from Juventus or Agnelli himself.