Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday at the court in Madrid agreed to a fine of 18.8 million euros and a conditional cell punishment for tax evasion in his time as a player of Real Madrid.
According to the judge, it has been proven that Ronaldo, who has been working for Juventus since the summer of 2018, lost 14.7 million euros in tax between 2011 and 2014 in Spain.
The five-time Golden Ball winner agreed on Tuesday with a two-year prison sentence. People with a blank criminal record do not have to sit in such a punishment in Spain, so the sanction has no consequences for Ronaldo’s career.
Ronaldo had filed a request to enter the court in Madrid via a back entrance, but that was rejected. The 33-year-old Portuguese was thus met by hordes of journalists, but was silent on arrival.
In the case in Madrid, Ronaldo almost had to let him know if he agreed with the sentence, leaving him outside relatively quickly.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez arrive at the court in Madrid. (Photo: ProShots)
More top players in discredit by tax fraud
In recent years, more top players in Spain have been discredited because of tax evasion. Lionel Messi received a conditional prison sentence of 21 months in 2017 for a comparable offense.
Ronaldo is also under fire because of a rape case. The 34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga claims that the Portuguese raped her in 2009 in a hotel in Las Vegas. Mayorga would have received an amount of € 327,000 in silent money at that time. So far, Ronaldo dismisses all allegations as nonsense.
With the transfer from Ronaldo to Juventus last summer 100 million euros was involved. He recently won his first prize with the top club by winning the Italian Super Cup.