Ronaldo Arrives at Court to Testify on Tax Fraud Charges

The car believed to be carrying Real Madrid's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo enters a back door garage before he was to testify on charges of tax fraud in Pozuelo de Alarcon, outside Madrid, Spain, on Monday (31/07). (Reuters Photo/Susana Vera)

By : Rik Sharma | on 6:31 PM July 31, 2017
Category : Sports, Football

Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, accused of evading 14.7 million euros, or $17.3 million, in taxes, arrived at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court on Monday (31/07) to testify.

The 32-year-old Portuguese has denied all the allegations through his agents.

If found guilty of hiding earnings from his image rights between 2011 and 2014, Ronaldo would face a large fine and a possible custodial sentence.

Spanish courts have recently cracked down on tax evasion among leading footballers.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was handed a 21-month prison sentence this year on similar charges, although he is unlikely to serve any time in jail because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years can be served as probation.

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