Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world's biggest football star, was accused of evading €14.7million (which approximately rounds off to Rs. 116 million). He initially denied all allegations when he appeared in Spanish court last year. But now, Ronaldo is reported to have pleaded guilty to the offences and has agreed to pay back the alleged amount of evaded fee, which is €5.7m (Rs. 46 million approximately), plus additional interest and fines.
As per the reports of Spanish media, he has been handed a two-year suspended jail sentence. He has also been fined with €18.8m (Rs. 1.5 billion approximately) after a deal with Spanish authorities over his tax evasion case.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported in Friday news that Ronaldo, who is currently with the Portuguese national team at the World Cup in Russia has agreed for both, to pay the amount and to go to jail for two years.
However, Spanish law also states that the sentence of two years can be served on probation as it is his first offence, which means the 33-year-old player will not serve any jail time unless he reoffendes during that period.
The report also claims that the sanction can only be signed off by the new director of the Spanish Tax Agency. The act will close all criminal and administrative proceedings. However, the case with the Public Prosecutor’s office would still need to be resolved.
The five-time Balon d’Or winner and the Real Madrid player, Ronaldo is expected to be named in Portugal’s starting line-up for their World Cup Group B encounter against rivals Spain on Friday night as the two teams kick off their campaigns in Russia.