A court in Madrid imposes a jail term of 23 months on football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. But the tax collector does not have to be behind bars.

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been convicted of tax evasion by a court in Madrid. The 33-year-old accepted at the hearing on Tuesday, an already negotiated deal with the prosecutor and now has to pay almost 19 million euros in taxes and as a fine. In addition, the Portuguese was sentenced to a 23-month prison sentence, as the Spanish television reported. It is customary in Spain for prisoners who are not previously convicted to be sentenced to up to two years’ imprisonment.

Ronaldo, dressed in black, entered the courthouse in Madrid. Hand in hand with his life partner Georgina Rodríguez, the Portuguese gave autographs to his fans with a smile. “I’m fine,” he said. The appointment was considered a formality, as Ronaldo had already agreed in advance with the Spanish judicial authorities.

About letterbox companies tax evaded

The responsible prosecutor for economic crimes had accused Ronaldo to have flown through letterbox companies several million euros in taxes to the Spanish tax authorities. It was specifically about revenue from image rights, which should have evaded the striker between 2011 and 2014. At the end of July 2017, Ronaldo had taken his stand in court for the first time, stating that he “never hid anything and never intended to evade taxes”. Ronaldo had played for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018, after the World Cup in Russia to Italy to Juventus Turin.

A similar deal with the Spanish treasury as Ronaldo had closed in 2017 superstar Lionel Messi. The Argentinean had been sentenced to 21 months in prison, had paid a million and subsequently redeemed himself from the prison sentence .

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