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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo sentenced to 24 months in prison over tax evasion case - but will not have to serve it

The Juventus forward expected to pay a total of €19 million in fines over the case with Spanish tax authorities

Cristiano Ronaldo will avoid having to serve any of a 24-month prison sentence inside a cell following the resolution of his tax evasion case. EPA
Cristiano Ronaldo will avoid having to serve any of a 24-month prison sentence inside a cell following the resolution of his tax evasion case. EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo will be fined €3.2 million (Dh13.6m) and sentenced to 24 months in prison, a sentence he is unlikely to serve, after settling a tax evasion case with Spanish tax authorities, the prosecutor said on Friday.

The 33-year-old is accused of evading €5.7m in taxes. He has denied the allegations.

Ronaldo, who has joined Serie A champions in Italy Juventus from Real Madrid, where he played between 2009 until this summer, is set to avoid having to serve any time in prison as Spanish law states a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.

The football star will be required to pay the €3.2m fine plus the €5.7m in back taxes, €1m in accrued interest and €250-per-day for the 48 months covering the prison sentence.

This amount is likely to be only part of the striker's fines over the case, which are expected to rise to around €19m in total.

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