Monday 15 July 2019

Two-year suspended jail term after Cristiano Ronaldo admits tax fraud

The charges in a Spanish court relate to his time with Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at court in Madrid (Manu Fernandez/AP)
Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at court in Madrid (Manu Fernandez/AP)

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press

Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and received a two-year suspended sentence.

The Juventus forward, who was facing charges stemming from his days at Real Madrid, was in court for about 45 minutes and signed an agreement which will cost him nearly 19 million euro (£16.7 million) in fines.

Ronaldo arrived at court in a black van and was wearing a black sports coat and black trousers.

He walked up some stairs leading to the court house and even stopped to sign an autograph.

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes his way to court (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Ronaldo made the deal to plead guilty with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities last year.

In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.

In 2017, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euro (£12.3 million).

Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights.

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