23 Jan 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly accepted a €18.8m fine and 23-month jail term over tax evasion charges in Spain.
The award-winning football player is alleged to have avoided paying tax between 2010 and 2014, in a case centred around image rights deals. Ronaldo is reported to have acknowledged incidents amounting to €5.7m owed.
His lawyers have denied any deliberate attempt to evade tax, according to the BBC, saying it was all down to ‘a misunderstanding over what was and was not required under Spanish law.’
He is also unlikely to serve any time behind bars because his crime is ‘non-violent’ in nature, the BBC explained.
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