Portugal’s President to strip Juve star Ronaldo knighthoods?

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 25/01/2019

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Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has confirmed that the country could strip Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo of his knighthoods after his tax-fraud sentence.

The 33-year-old five-time Ballon d'Or was named Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry in January 2014, before being awarded the Grand Cross of the Portuguese Order of Merit after Portugal won Euro 2016.

Despite the suspended two-year jail sentence was given to Ronaldo by the Spanish government and €365,000 fine and a separate €3.2m penalty and his country President Sousa admitted that Ronaldo risked losing his public honours.

Rebelo de Sousa was quoted as saying by AFP: "The law is very simple: it is up to the chancellors of the national orders to see if anything has happened that could lead to the loss of honour.

"We should let those with the legal power to decide to do so and see whether the law applies or not in this case.

However, Madeira leader Miguel Albuquerque made it clear Ronaldo’s status on the island would remain in place: "Here in Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo has always been seen as a good person... He is not a criminal. [His tax-fraud charge was an] interpretation of a tax issue.

"He is the most prestigious Portuguese in the world.”

Ronaldo was born in Madeira and received its highest honour, the Madeira Medal of Merit, in December 2014, while one of its airports are named after him.