Ronaldo arrives at court to testify on tax fraud charges

31 Jul, 2017 4:24 pm

POZUELO DE ALARCON – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, accused of evading 14.7 million euros (13.19 million pounds) in taxes, arrived at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court on Monday 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. -Reuters

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