Home Breaking News Cristiano Ronaldo accepts 2yr jail term and €19mln fine after pleading guilty...

Cristiano Ronaldo accepts 2yr jail term and €19mln fine after pleading guilty to tax fraud

Portuguese football icon Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a prearranged €18.8 million fine and a suspended 23-month jail term for tax fraud in Spain on Tuesday. The charges relate to his time at former club Real Madrid.

Dapper Ronaldo arrives with his Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez
at court grinning to accept €19mln fine & prison time for tax fraud

Juventus winger Ronaldo arrived at the Madrid court hand in hand with Georgina Rodriguez and dressed in an all-black outfit finished off neatly with white trainers and shades and gave a thumbs up and grin to the assembled reporters outside.

A judge had earlier rejected his request to enter the building via car to avoid paparazzi, meaning a media scrum greeted the 33-year-old, who found time to sign a sneaky autograph on his way up to the steps to court. 

That meant just hours after Juventus’ 3-0 Serie A win over Chievo, where he missed a penalty, Ronaldo made the journey from Turin to the Spanish capital, where he was highly expected to plead guilty to defrauding the Spanish treasury and sign a deal on the sentence and fine.

Due to the non-violent nature of Ronaldo’s crime, and Spanish law dictating that a term of under two years’ incarceration can be served on probation for first-time offenders, the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner will not spend any time behind bars.

Ronaldo’s court appearance in the Spanish capital lasted just 15 minutes as the player needed simply to sign off paperwork for the previously agreed settlement in court, Reuters reported. 

Earlier, Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team mate Xabi Alonso walked in to face own tax fraud case with his hands deep in his suit pockets. “Yes, all good,” was his only response to reporters’ questions.

Former Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon winger Ronaldo has reportedly already paid a tax office penalty in the sum of €13.5 million, after accepting charges he defrauded the court to the tune of €14.7 million.

Must Read

PALM CANYON THEATRE STAGES A CROWD-PLEASING MUSICAL REVIVAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS

With the Holidays fast approaching Christmas-themed theatre productions abound practically everywhere.  Out here in Southern California’s desert paradise of Palm Springs even this world...

MUSINGS FROM THE 2019 NYC AMERICAN THEATRE CRITICS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

I’ve noticed a trend lately in our ever-changing theatre scene that states in the playbill/programs that “This production will be performed without an intermission.”  It...

EARLY HOLIDAY GIFT ARRIVES AT NORTH COAST REP THEATRE WITH THE COMEDY THE SUNSHINE BOYS

Most theatre audiences acknowledge that playwright Neil Simon was the true and anointed “king of comedy” not only in America but worldwide.  They also...

OSCAR-WINNING-COSTUME DESIGNER ORRY-KELLY’S JOURNEY FROM DOWN UNDER TO HOLLYWOOD BROUGHT TO LIFE AT THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD

Australia's Orry-Kelly was born in a small town in New South Wales called Kiawa, famed for its blowhole. The only child of an alcoholic...

NEIL SIMON’S MUSICAL FOOLS AT ATWATER VILLAGE THEATER

There is an old adage that "a fool and his money are soon parted." Still, if you want to have an evening of unparalleled...
%d bloggers like this: