Cristiano Ronaldo Fined $21.6M For Tax Fraud

Cristiano Ronaldo

As he entered the courtroom this morning, he stopped to sign a single autograph, and when asked by a bystander how he was, replied: "Perfect".

A Spanish court has suspended a tax fraud trial against retired soccer player Xabi Alonso, a court magistrate said on Tuesday.

The settlement could be particularly favourable for Ronaldo since, in Spain, convicts are not usually sent to jail for sentences under two years, especially for non-violent crimes such as this.

Cristiano Ronaldo will have to pay a 18.8 million euros ($21.4 million) fine for tax fraud in a deal reached with the Spanish tax authorities.

Ronaldo made an appearance in court where his sentence was issued.

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo reportedly wants to quit the Bernabeu at the end of the season and reunite with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez to attend a court hearing for tax evasion at Audiencia Provincial on January 22, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

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Ronaldo's lawyers initially claimed there had been a misunderstanding and denied a deliberate attempt to evade tax, though he has now claimed responsibility and pleaded guilty.

Ronaldo, 33, smiled broadly as he arrived at the court dressed in black pants, a black turtleneck and dark sunglasses, holding hands with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.

Separately, Ronaldo is facing a rape allegation in the United States. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's investigation into the allegations was reopened in October 2018. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

The retired Spain midfielder denied any wrongdoing after spending almost three hours in the court house.

"I have the conviction and the confidence that I have done all things correctly, and that I have collaborated from the beginning (with justice system), and that I have never hidden anything". But on the advice of his consultants, he ended up accepting the facts of the case against him.

By agreeing to settle the case, he will avoid a potential 23-month prison sentence. He played for Madrid from 2009-14.

His trial is set to start on charges he avoided $6.5 million in personal income taxes between 2011 to 2014 by using an off-shore account to hide earnings from the use of his image.

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