Ronaldo fined $3.7-M in tax evasion case


Cristiano Ronaldo has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined £2.8 million over tax evasion

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo sticks his tongue out during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 20, 2018.

The ex-Real Madrid striker, now at Juventus, pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2014 worth a total of €14.7m.

Despite receiving a custodial sentence, the winger will not spend any time behind bars as according to Spanish laws, a custodial sentence under two years can be served on probation, if it is the first offence committed.

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Spanish tax authorities have given their approval for football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to pay close to 19 million euros (RM90 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, prosecutors said on Friday. He has denied the allegations.

The football star will be required to pay the £2.8 million (€3.2 million) fine plus the £5 million (€5.7 million) owed in taxes and £888,000 (€1 million) in accrued interest.

Similar offences have occurred among footballers, with Barcelona's Lionel Messi handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence and James Rodriguez now negotiating a deal with Hacienda for offences dating back to 2014.

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The charges and prospective sentence are nearly identical to those initially handed down to Ronaldo's great rival, Barcelona wizard Lionel Messi.

Other footballers that have fallen foul of Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez and former Argentina captain Javier Mascherano.

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