Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €18.8 million ($21.6 million) for tax evasion in Madrid court on Tuesday.
Ronaldo has been charged to have dodged taxes in Spain between 2010 and 2014 during his time at Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo cut a deal with a court in Madrid over tax evasion charges, accepting an €18.8m fine.
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After having cut a deal with a court, the Portugal international is due to face a 23-month jail sentence as well.
The 33-year-old, who is also facing a rape allegation in the United States, has easily accepted the deal offered by prosecutors.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will avoid a 23-month prison sentence, according to Spanish law.
“Under Spanish law, a first offender can serve anything less than a two-year sentence under probation and Ronaldo will not have to go to prison,” Reuters reports.
“His court appearance lasted about 15 minutes as [he] only needed to sign off on the previously settled agreement.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and been given a 2-year suspended sentence and fined $21m. pic.twitter.com/WKKLlO88fV
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The former Manchester United ace is not the only high-profile player to face Spain’s tax allegations system.
His former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso also appeared in court on Tuesday over same charges and is likely to face a jail sentence.
“The recent crackdown on high-profile footballers follows the removal of a tax exemption in 2010,” the BBC reports. “Known as the ‘Beckham law,’ it had allowed footballers to curb their taxes.”
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Ronaldo has arrived at the provincial court with his partner Georgina Rodriguez with a smiling face and giving a thumbs-up to the public.