Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are fierce rivals on the pitch but recent developments suggest they may have at least one thing in common.

Already, Messi is carrying his cross with a prison sentence already upheld by an Appeal Court in Spain but for Ronaldo he has come out to deny any complicity in an alleged 14.7m euros scam.

The denial was released on Tuesday evening by Ronaldo's representative, hours after a tax fraud lawsuit had been filed against the 32-year-old in Madrid.

Gestifute, the agency representing Ronaldo, said in a statement: "There is no tax evasion scheme.

"There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything."

Despite the denials, the prosecutor's office in Madrid has filed a suit against Ronaldo for allegedly defrauding Spanish tax authorities of £13m between 2011 and 2014.

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