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Cristiano Ronaldo accepts two-year jail sentence and $21 million fine in tax fraud case

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo accepts two-year jail sentence and $21 million fine in tax fraud case

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid superstar and member of Portugal’s World Cup team, has reportedly reached a deal with the Spanish government to settle tax evasion accusations. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo (via USA Today), Ronaldo will pay the Spanish government $21.7 million, and has accepted a two-year suspended prison sentence, meaning he’ll avoid serving any jail time.
    Ronaldo was accused of avoiding taxes in Spain between 2011 and 2014, specifically in relation to his image rights. Spain maintained that Ronaldo had defrauded their tax authority of nearly $18 million, as he had supposedly funneled money into Ireland, which is known as a tax haven. The amount Ronaldo is reportedly paying includes not just the amount he owes, but also various fees and fines associated with the case.
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