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Reports: Ronaldo Could Face 10 Years In Jail

Reports: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo Could Face 10 Years In Jail

By David Kappel - Mar 27, 2018 01:59 PM @kappilinho

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his representatives have changed their tone in his tax fraud case because he could face 10 years in jail for four alleged tax fraud offences.

Read: Ronaldo Now 3rd Among All-Time Record Scorers Worldwide

The Portuguese had initially insisted he hasn’t done anything wrong, but experts called on by his lawyer’s have now agreed with the tax authorities that the player defrauded €14.7 million (R213 million) of tax, as reported by Cadena Ser and cited by AS.

The experts, who were reportedly proposed by Ronaldo’s lawyers, were three professionals from the National Office of International Tax – a distinct body from Spain’s tax authorities.

They were questioned for four hours by a court in Pozuela de Alarcon, outside Madrid, and agreed with every point raised that the player defrauded €14.7 million of tax over four years between 2011 and 2014.

The experts rejected the legal arguments of Ronaldo’s camp, who had tried to reason that his income from image rights was income from moveable assets (taxed at a lower rate) rather than work-related income (taxed at a higher rate).

Ronaldo will now reportedly be forced to negotiate a settlement with the tax authorities or risk being summoned to an oral hearing, where he could face 10 years in jail for his alleged four tax fraud offences.

The Portuguese’s lawyers previously offered a settlement worth €3.8 million (R55.1 million), but it was not seen as sufficient because Spain's tax authorities are reportedly holding out for €25 million (R362 million).

If he does plead guilty and agree to a settlement, he would reportedly face a suspended prison sentence as a first-time offender similar to the one Lionel Messi received as outcome of his tax fraud case. First-time offenders in Spain can have their prison sentence suspended for a sentence of less than two years.

Read: Five Messi Records Ronaldo Might Never Break

Messi’s tax fraud was, however, much smaller than Ronaldo’s with the Argentine found guilty of fraud worth €4.1 million (R59.5 million) in comparison to the Los Blancos’s talisman’s €14.7 million.

Can you imagine Ronaldo actually going to prison? Have your say in the comments section below.


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link&iviwe Joined: 20 Mar 2018
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link&iviwe Mar 28, 2018 10:55 PM
Hehehehe messi is froud, criminal blabla What is Ronaldo now he is even more maybe works with Palazzolo the Italian fugitive mafia
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CECIL M Mar 28, 2018 11:19 AM
mxm that's spain for u
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 28, 2018 12:50 AM
These two greats in the world football thinks that they are above the law,now it's your turn Mr CR7 pay up like your opposite best friend LM10 did.
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Michaeltshigama Mar 27, 2018 09:04 PM
Rubbish at it's best
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lucky555 Mar 27, 2018 07:39 PM
hahahahahaha he said he has done nothing wrong so what's the admitting for
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Flipping lyf Mar 27, 2018 07:34 PM
Now is 2018 but stil report
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Munangwangwa Mar 27, 2018 06:29 PM
Load of rubbish
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dr ss zondi Mar 27, 2018 06:14 PM
Nonsense
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Lometu-T Mar 27, 2018 06:01 PM
What a lie!
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Fhulu m Mar 27, 2018 05:52 PM
Mxm
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 27, 2018 05:15 PM
Honestly they must arrest this Donky and through away the key
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scoreman99 Mar 27, 2018 04:52 PM
Ronaldo must learn to be streetwise like motsepe instead of paying Tax lot of money he opt to overpay Dunu cows
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Madredz Mar 27, 2018 04:45 PM
Ronaldo will never go to jail. Money talks. Haters will eat humble pie.
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indidane Mar 27, 2018 04:28 PM
His Lawyers failed t0 defend him, But s0me S0wet0 C0ws fans are trying t0 defend him ? He he heee SA pe0ple with their biasness..
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Qhaf-Qhaf Mar 27, 2018 04:01 PM
Jail is where he belong
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Pirates_999 Mar 27, 2018 03:47 PM
They jealous of him because he is in good form now this? My King won't go to jail his broke haters will go for him because of stealing
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Gazankulu26 Mar 27, 2018 03:39 PM
Impossible
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 27, 2018 03:24 PM
Although he won't go....they're just bluffing
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 27, 2018 03:23 PM
He must go and rot in jail they should double his sentence to 20 years in prison
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Golden Boots Mar 27, 2018 03:18 PM
Lies!

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