According to reports, Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a settlement with Spanish public prosecutors on four counts of tax fraud and been given two-year prison sentence, which as a first-time offender he is not expected to serve, and a fine of approximately $22 million.
The deal struck between Ronaldo, prosecutors, and Spain’s Solicitor General’s Office has been accepted by the Spanish Treasury, and in exchange for a guilty plea, the star will avoid jail time.
Between 2011 and 2014, the former Real Madrid man avoided €14,768,897 in taxes (approximately $17.1 million). The sum of taxes Ronaldo will pay to the treasury has been reduced to €5.7 million ($6.6 million), but interest and court fees bring the final total owed up to just under €19 million ($22 million).
The new reports appear to confirm a story from early June, just as the World Cup was kicking off, that said Ronaldo had “accepted” a two-year prison sentence and multi-million dollar fine but would avoid serving time as this was his first offense.
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