Ronaldo charged with 2 years prison sentence over tax fraud

Serie A By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 27/07/2018

Former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a two-year prison sentence over tax fraud, according to report.

In addition to the two-year prison term, Ronaldo has also been slapped with a fine worth €19 million (£16.9m/$22.15m) by the Spanish tax authority.

Ronaldo pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2104 worth a total of €14.7m. 

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According to EFE, that amount has been reduced in his guilty plea to €5.7m, although taking into account fines, interests and other costs the sum ascends to €19m. 

After reports emerged that the Spanish government had rejected an initial offer to settle the case, Cristiano wrote on Instagram "Don't try to spoil the beautiful moment I'm living through with fake news," while on another occasion he insisted:  "I do things the right way and I will continue to do so."

Ronaldo will not spend time behind the bars being a first time offender according to the Spanish law but if he re-offends during the duration of the sentence he would be open to a custodial sentence.

Other footballers that have fallen foul of Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Lionel Messi James Rodriguez, Alexis Sanchez, Di Maria and Javier Mascherano