Cristiano Ronaldo should be next week Tuesday (22 January) at the court in Madrid. He will be sentenced to a tax fine of eur 18.8 million and a term of imprisonment of two years, that he is not effective will have to sit out.
The lawyers of Ronaldo had requested a video conference but that request was dismissed by the district court. The Portuguese superstar, who won the Italian champion Juventus plays soccer, dinsdagvoormiddag (around 10am) so present in the court of Madrid.
Ronaldo was previously found guilty of the evasion of taxation of income from image rights while he was still at Real Madrid played. The fraud was done through shadowy companies in the Virgin islands and in Ireland.
The defense closed with the Spanish tax authorities a deal allowing Ronaldo to a fine of eur 18.8 million pay and two years in prison. Who in Spain had no previous conviction, with imprisonment of up to two years behind bars. In theory, risked Ronaldo to a fine of 28 million euros and 3.5 years in prison.
The 33-year-old Ronaldo has also have other legal cats to whip. In October 2018, in the USA, an investigation re-opened after a former American model him accused of rape in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009. That accusation denies the Portuguese with clamp.
A lot of other football stars were just like Ronaldo in trouble with the tax authorities. So went Lionel Messi in 2016, agreed to a fine of 2 million euros and 21 months in prison for tampering with taxes.