Cristiano Ronaldo pays €19 million fine for tax evasion to avoid jail sentence
Christiano Ronaldo, the football superstar, had to pay a fine worth almost €19 million to avoid the jail sentence of twenty-three months in Spain for tax fraud on Tuesday. Ronaldo was accused in 2017 for four counts of tax evasion. The periods include 2011 to 2014. It was claimed by the Spanish prosecutor that the football star hid fund in companies outside of Spain to the value of €14.7 million.
The accusations do not relate to the Real Madrid salary that was received by Christiano Ronaldo since he transferred in 2009 from Manchester United. The football player paid a fine worth €18.8 million to settle the case and accepted the suspended jail sentence. A sentence of two years or less for first-time offenders is allowed by the Spanish law to be served under probation, which means the football hero does not have to go to jail.
Ronaldo who accepted Real Madrid last year and joined the Italian team in accordance with the deal of €100 million, which provides the football superstar with a yearly salary of €30 million. At the same time the former central midfielder of Real Madrid, Xabi Alonso is also in trouble for tax fraud, his trail is suspended by the court magistrate.
Christiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born in 1985 and ranks as the number one UEFA European Championship goal scorer. He got his name from US President Ronald Reagan who was his father’s favourite. His father died at age 52 after suffering from liver conditions due to alcoholism when he was 20 years old. For this reason, Ronaldo does not drink alcohol. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, his mother Dolores recovered in 2007.
Ronaldo fathered four children of which the first, Cristiano JR was born in the United States in 2010, and while he has full custody of his firstborn, he has agreed with the mother not to reveal her identity publicly. His four-year relationship with Irina Shayk, the Russian model, ended in 2015. Currently, he is in a relationship with Georgina Rodrigues, a Spanish model, who is also the mother of his daughter born in 2017.
Awards Earned by Christiano Ronaldo
2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017 – FIFA Ballon d’Or, 2008 World Player of the Year FIFA, 2008, FIFPRO World Player of the Year, 2016 & 2017, Best FIFA Men’s Player, 2014, 2016 and 2017 UEFA Best Player in Europe Awards, 2007 to 2008 UEFA Club Football Player of the Year, 2007 & 2008 UEFA Club Forward of the Year, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017 World Soccer Player of the Year, 2003, 2004, 2005 FIFPRO Special Young Player of the Year and in 2016 and 2017 he was also awarded the PFA as the Portuguese Player of the Year, to list but a fraction of all his awards. According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronaldo is the fittest athlete in the world.