Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, a fine and suspended prison sentence, has accepted a tax evasion case in Spain on Tuesday and signed a settlement agreement to end the case, which will cost 18.8 million euros ($ 21.4 million).
Ronaldo arrived at a court in Madrid to face charges of tax evasion during his nine years in Real Madrid, where he became the club’s top scorer.
Ronaldo smiled but made no comment as he entered the court with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.
?? @Cristiano Ronaldo has officially pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
? @Cristiano was accused of using shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights.
? He has received a two-year suspended sentence.
? He has also accepted a fine of €19m.
? Wow. pic.twitter.com/fbp9a7bJxi
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 22, 2019
The Portuguese striker last year reached an agreement with the Spanish authorities to settle the case, in return for paying the fine and accepting a 23-month suspended sentence.
Prosecutors have demanded that Cristiano be given a suspended sentence of 18.8 million euros, a penalty agreed by the prosecution with the Finance Ministry, in exchange for recognition of the former Real Madrid player and Juventus for four tax evasion crimes between 2011 and 2014.