Cristiano Ronaldo accepts 19m euros fine and two-year suspended jail term for tax evasion

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Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a 19m euro (£17) fine and a suspended two-year jail sentence for alleged tax evasion in Spain.

The former World Player of the Year, who arrived in the court this morning in Madrid had pleaded guilty last year to the charges brought against him by the Spanish tax authorities and State prosecutors regarding tax fraud. The said fraud was allegedly committed during his nine years at Real Madrid. The prosecutors equally accused Ronaldo of using shell companies outside Spain to conceal his income made from image rights. The fraud, according to the prosecutors, is worth about 14.7m euros (£12.9).

Cristiano Ronaldo, who is presently playing for Juventus appeared in the court with his fiancée Georgina Rodriguez, looking very relaxed. He even signed an autograph while heading to the court. 

The Juventus star spent around 45 minutes in court, where he accepted the charges and signed a payment agreement.

Photo: Reuters