Cristiano Ronaldo to pay £17m but avoid jail over Spanish tax evasion

Heather Diaz
July 27, 2018

The Spanish tax agency has now given their approval to the agreement reached between Ronaldo, the prosecutor's office and the state attorney.

Spanish tax authorities have given their "okay" for football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to pay close to €19 million (R292 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, prosecutors said on Friday.

He will accept responsibility for four different breaches of Spanish tax laws and an automatically suspended two-year prison sentence.

The former Real Madrid man pleaded guilty to tax evasion of €5.7m between 2011 and 2014 last month, following accusations from a Spanish state prosecutor previous year.

While the representatives of the five-time Ballon d'Or victor reiterated his innocence of the allegations, they have now accepted the hefty fine and the two-year prison sentence.

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The fact that he is a first time offender also played in his favor in avoiding setting foot in prison.

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho denied owing further tax in a Madrid court back in October 2017, while players including Angel Di Maria, Pepe and Radamel Falcao have all had legal issues over image rights income.

In 2014, Spanish authorities say he was late in declaring that year just €11.5 million of revenue earned in Spain for the period 2011-2014 when his earnings in his country of residence totalled €43 million.

Messi was consequently sentenced to 21 months in prison in another suspended jail sentence.

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