Ricardo Carvalho gets suspended sentence, fine for tax fraud conviction

Former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho sentenced to seven months in prison over tax fraud

Ricardo Carvalho, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender, has been handed a seven-month prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud.

Prosecutors were pushing for 12 months in prison, along with a €300,000 (£269,000) fine - but the Spanish court acknowledged the 39-year-old's cooperation, ordering a seven-month sentence instead.

The veteran defender admitted to a charge of concealing income from his image rights during a two-year spell at Real Madrid.

His partnership with John Terry at Stamford Bridge must go down as one of the greatest defensive lineups of all time, bringing three Premier League trophies to West London.




Now playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG this is news which is likely to end a two-decade long playing career which included spells at Porto, Chelsea and Monaco.

The court cited that Carvalho confessed before proceedings were brought against him and he returned the entire amount of the defrauded fee of €545,981.03.

Under Spanish law, prison sentences for non-violent crimes of less than two years are suspended, which means that Carvalho is unlikely to spend time in jail.

Carvalho joins Lionel Messi in the list of players caught dodging tax in Spain.

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