Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo accused of €14.7 million tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Spanish authorities have filed a lawsuit against Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo for an alleged €14.7 million (£13 million) tax fraud, according to Reuters.

The Madrid prosecutor’s office said Ronaldo, 32, used a “business structure” he created in 2010 to shelter income he received from image rights in the Virgin Islands from 2011 to 2014.

Evidence collected by tax officials will be scrutinised before prosecutors decide whether to charge Ronaldo before the end of June.

If charged and found guilty by a court, The Telegraph said the Portuguese national could face a prison sentence of at least 15 months. But it added that he would likely escape jail as he would be a first-time offender.

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