Ronaldo arrives at court to testify on
tax fraud charges
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[July 31, 2017]
DE ALARCON, Spain (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo,
accused of evading 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in taxes, arrived
at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court on Monday to testify.
The car believed to be carrying Real Madrid's Portuguese soccer star
Cristiano Ronaldo enters a back door garage before he was to testify on
charges of tax fraud in Pozuelo de Alarcon, outside Madrid, Spain, July
31, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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
Spanish courts have recently cracked down on tax evasion among
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.
(Reporting by Rik Sharma, editing by Ed Osmond)
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