Police seized £32,700 (€45,000) from Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum, Dolores Aveiro after she tried to leave Spain without declaring the cash. She was stopped at Madrid Airport and forced to hand the money over after Civil Guard officers discovered the fortune in her hand luggage, leading Spanish daily El Mundo claimed.
The newspaper said the mum-of-four, who lives between her native Madeira and Madrid, had the cash confiscated after being unable to prove its origin.
Dolores, who helps Cristiano raise his four-year-old son Cristiano Jr, is said to have been allowed to fly to Portugal with the remaining £7,280 (€10,000) she was carrying.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Madrid, asked if it was true that officers had confiscated €45,000 from Ronaldo’s mum, said: “This woman was stopped and money she was carrying taken and handed over to the Spanish tax authorities along with a report filed by the Civil Guard.
“She will now have to answer to the tax authorities.
“My understanding is she will be asked to pay a fine and will have to justify the origin of the money if she wants it back. It’s not a matter that we’ll get involved in.”
A spokesman for the Agencia Tributaria, Spain’s equivalent of the Inland Revenue, said: “We can’t comment on individual cases.
“We can confirm though that the limit on moving cash or cash equivalents to and from Spain is €10,000 and anything over that amount must be declared using the correct form.”