/Ronaldo accepts deal in tax fraud case in Spain with fine, suspended sentence

Ronaldo accepts deal in tax fraud case in Spain with fine, suspended sentence


Portugal’s soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo leaves after appearing in court on a trial for tax fraud in Madrid, Spain, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) – Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a fine and suspended jail term for tax fraud in Spain on Tuesday, signing a deal to settle a case which will cost him a total of 18.8 million euros ($21.4 million).

The 33-year-old Juventus forward is unlikely to serve any time in jail as the sentence was expected to be within a two-year threshold that can be served on probation as a first offence under Spanish law.

($1 = 0.8803 euros)

Reporting by Isla Binnie; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Andres Gonzalez

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