Juventus and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not go to prison in Spain after he decided to pay a massive fine of £16.6m to Spanish authorities in a case related to tax fraud.
The charges were related to Ronaldo’s time in Spain, where he became a legend of Real Madrid and Spanish football.
Ronaldo cut a deal with the Spanish authorities which means that he will pay a massive fine of £16.6m to the Spanish tax authorities and was also awarded a 23-month suspended prison sentence.
According to Spanish laws, people who have been charged with a prison sentence which is fewer than two-years hardly go to prison.
The non-violent nature of Ronaldo’s crime also meant that he won’t spend any time in prison but will instead serve some time on probation instead.
Ronaldo had admitted to not paying taxes up to €5.7m in the Spanish capital of Madrid between 2010 and 2014.
Ronaldo arrived in court with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and was all smiles as the proceedings only took a few minutes to conclude.
The fine will hardly make a dent in Ronaldo’s fortune as he is believed to be well worth over £400m in terms of his net-worth and continues to earn heavily to this day, even after his move to Serie A in Italy with Juventus. Ronaldo departed for the Italian giants from Real Madrid at the start of the current season and the move so far has been a smashing success for both the player and the club.