Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo was fined 18.8 million. EUR ($ 21.6 million) For tax fraud on Tuesday, reports from Reuters. Especially prosecutors said he dodged taxes in Spain between 2010 and 2014 when he played for Real Madrid. By agreeing to clarify the matter, he will avoid a potential prison sentence of 23 months.
Football star who left Real Madrid last year after nine seasons to participate The Italian club Juventus is one of the richest athletes in the world, he was the third highest paid athlete in 2018 and the second highest paid soccer player to earn $ 108 million for the year in early June, according to Forbes, over $ 60 million of it derives from his pay and winnings.
Another $ 47 million came from endorsements, including partnerships with Herbalife, EA Sports, companies and His lifetime contract with Nike, which was made in 2016, is more than $ 1 billion.
Ronaldo's former Real Madrid teammate, Xabi Alonso, also appeared in court on Tuesday over tax fraud, Reuters reports and could face prison time.
Other star football players have been found guilty of evading taxes in recent years, the BBC reports, including FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi. In 2016, a barrier in Barcelona sent Messi and his father to deceive Spain for over 4 million euros between 2007 and 2009. Both escaped the prison after paying large fines.
"The latest breakdown of high-profile football players follows the elimination of a tax exemption in 2010," the BBC reports. "Known as the" Beckham Law ", it had allowed football players to limit their taxes."
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