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Cristiano Ronaldo in court accused of evading millions of euros in taxes

Cristiano Ronaldo in court accused of evading millions of euros in taxes

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid forward, testified at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court on July 31, where he was facing allegations he evaded millions in tax.

In June, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).

The 32-year-old also denied ever creating a special company to deal with his image rights when he completed a world record move from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009.

Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million-euro ($2.47m) fine past year for tax fraud. Those who know me know what I ask my advisors: "that they take their time on it and pay correctly, because I don't want problems".

If found guilty, he could be ordered to pay back taxes and a fine - which could be as high as €50 million - and experts have said he risks a custodial sentence if he fails to comply.

Apart from Ronaldo, former player Angel di Maria, Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao and Jose Mourinho, who coached the club from 2010 to 2013, have all been accused of tax fraud.

Ronaldo opted to discuss the charges in court for 90 minutes in Spanish, despite being offered the chance to speak Portuguese through a translator.

Prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.

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He had been expected to make a statement after the pre-trial hearing, but left without saying a word.

Ronaldo joins Lionel Messi and others among leading soccer players whom Spain's tax authorities have investigated for evasion.

This last was commuted to an additional fine of 252 000 euro: € 400 per day in prison.

A four-time Ballon d'Or victor, Ronaldo is one of Europe's best soccer players. However, if convicted as a first-time offender on a non-violent crime, he would likely end up with a similar punishment.

Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared in court in Spain to face allegations that he evaded £13.1m in tax.

Do you think that Cristiano Ronaldo is innocent with his tax evasion case?

"The lawyers recommended to me by Manchester United created it in 2004, long before I thought about coming to Spain".


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