Cristiano Ronaldo reaches deal with Spain’s Tax Office to end tax case

Cristiano Ronaldo reaches deal with Spain’s Tax Office to end tax case

Cristiano Ronaldo reaches deal with Spain’s Tax Office to end tax case

He will accept responsibility for four different breaches of Spanish tax laws and an automatically suspended two-year prison sentence.

Instead the sentence is served under probation meaning Ronaldo won't be going to prison unless he re-offends during the two-year spell.

Cristiano Ronaldo has received a two-year prison sentence and a fine of almost €19 million after pleading guilty to tax evasion in Spain.

Sources consulted by Efe said that Ronaldo would also carry the legal costs of the cases. Sentences of up to two years are generally not implemented in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes.

The 33-year-old is accused of evading 5.7 million euros in taxes; he has denied the allegations.

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The prosecutor accused the Portugal forward of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights.

In 2014, Spanish authorities say he was late in declaring that year just 11.5 million euros of revenue earned in Spain for the period from 2011-14 when his earnings in his country of residence totalled 43 million euros.

The final agreement reduces the amount defrauded to 5.7 million euros ($6.6 million), to which fines and interest must be added, totalling nearly 19 million euros ($22 million).

The Argentinian originally paid a voluntary "corrective payment" of €5m (£4.4m) to cover the tax owed, plus a fine of €2m (£1.7m) and a further €252,000 (£223,000)) which equated to €400 per day for his prison sentence.

Messi was consequently sentenced to 21 months in prison in another suspended jail sentence.

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