The Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a two-year probation sentence for tax evasion. The attackers of Juventus will have to pay additionally EUR 18.8 million. The Deal had already been in the run-up to the court hearing on Tuesday worked out – the appointment was considered a formality.

Ronaldo will be accused of in his time at Real Madrid’s revenue from image and advertising rights for an extensive network of companies with headquarters on the British Virgin Islands and in Ireland at the end funneled to. The case of the MIRROR had made jointly with the research network European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) in the context of the Football-Leaks-release series open to the public. In 2017, the public Prosecutor’s office had brought the charges against the footballer.

the tax deal for Ronaldo, there are criticisms: the President of The Association of tax experts of the Spanish Ministry of Finance, Carlos Cruzado, told the MIRROR that he can understand, in view of the agreement, the Ronaldo’s lawyers with the authorities, that “citizens have the feeling that such acts are not punished enough”.

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According to Cruzados estimate is expected by the agreement, the evaded sum of EUR 14.7 million Euro to 5.7 million, for Cruzado is an example of “what is excessive are the advantages of the criminal law admits in such cases,” – for the benefit of the offender. As such, Cruzado, criticized Ronaldo had a penalty of a minimum of seven years ‘ imprisonment and to pay a fine of more than 28 million euros can be expected.


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