Cristiano Ronaldo fined US$3.7 million in tax evasion case

Ronaldo Sentenced For 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.

In Spanish law, first-time offenders committing non-violent crimes tend to avoid actually going to prison if their sentences are two years or less.

The Hacienda prosecutors argued that Ronaldo and his advisers used a network of companies in various countries including Ireland and the British Virgin Islands to evade paying €14.7m in taxes due on "image rights" income earned between 2011 and 2014.

This is a similar situation to that which Lionel Messi found himself in two years ago when he was given a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud. He has denied the allegations.

This amount is likely to be only part of the striker's fines over the case, which is expected to rise to around €19 million in total.




Cristiano Ronaldo's tax issue with the Spanish authorities is finally coming to a close with prosecutors approving the deal for the Juventus forward to pay €18.8 million, sources close to the player confirmed.

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

He will also pay 250 euros-per-day for the 48 months covering the prison sentence.

He becomes the latest football star to be sentenced in a crackdown on tax evasion by Spanish authorities against high-profile footballers.

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