Cristiano Ronaldo evades tax, faces 24 months imprisonment
Five time Ballon D’or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo will be fined a whooping €3.2m and faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to a tax evasion case with the Spanish tax authorities.
The former Real Madrid superstar was accused last year by the Spanish state prosecutor on four counts of tax fraud valued at 14.7 Million Euros. The tax fraud was stipulated to be within 2011-2014 year.
According to reports, he is unlikely to go to prison as Spanish law states a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.
In 2016, Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail term after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities 4.1 million Euros.
The Juventus forward is expected to pay 3.2-million-Euro fine plus the 5.7 million Euros in back taxes, 1 million Euros in accrued interest and 250 Euros-per-day for the 48 months covering the prison sentence.