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Tax fraud: Why Cristiano Ronaldo might spend time in jail


Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7m which is a pretty big issue in Spain.

Spain’s prosecutor’s office in Madrid filed a tax fraud lawsuit against the Real Madrid attacker claiming he used a "business structure" created in 2010 to hide his income in Spain from his image rights.

Ronaldo has been accused of evading taxes The lawsuit is based on a report sent to the prosecutor's office from Spain's tax agency AEAT, it said.

Cristiano failed to pay €14.7m which is more than three times Messi's amount. If found guilty and sentenced to more than 24 months in jail, he will be forced to spend time behind bars.

Cristiano has no previous offence, hence he would not go to jail. However there are other forces at play. It is a fifty-fifty chance he would not go to jail. That is because, under Spanish law, first-time offenders do not have to spend time in prison if the term is for two years or less.

According to Goal.com, sources from Ronaldo's camp believe his sentence will be similar to Messi's. Now it is left to the Magistrate court to decide.


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