Court Sends Ronaldo To Jail Over Tax Evasion [Updated]
A Spanish court has sentenced Real Madrid FC Super Star, Cristiano Ronaldo to a suspended prison.
The Portugal-born star was accused by Spanish prosecutors in June last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m).
Ronaldo accepted to settle his tax fraud charges with Spanish authorities, agreeing to pay $21.7 million, or approximately €18.7 million, to stay out of prison.
Ronaldo’s achievement breaks the tax evasion mark set by his greatest rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Messi’s 2016 tax fraud conviction in Spain saw him receive a 21-month suspended sentence, and €8.75 million in fines between him and his father.
Messi undeniably opened a wide lead in the tax evasion dimension when he and his father were both convicted by the Spanish courts.
They were reported to have hidden some of Messi’s earnings in an image rights contract from 2006-2009.
It was reportedly Ronaldo’s own image contract, from 2011 to 2014, that defrauded the Spanish government of $17.7 million.
Full named Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, he is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.
Incidentally, Ronaldo just set a new record at the ongoing FIFA World Cup going on in Russia same day he was convicted.
It took him just four minutes to open the scoring for Portugal against Spain in the World Cup, a routine goal that saw the Real Madrid man make history.
The first moment of real drama came when Ronaldo attempted to dart past Nacho in the Spanish penalty box, only to trip over the player’s left leg.
Referee Gianluca Rocchi paused for a moment – before awarding a penalty kick to Portugal.
Ronaldo stepped up to take the spot kick, confidently belting the ball past Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to hand Portugal the lead.
In opening the scoring – Ronaldo grabbed a slice of World Cup history becoming just the fourth man in history to score goals at four different World Cup finals.