Cristiano Ronaldo ready to pay 14.7 million in Spanish tax fraud case
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 15:40
Should Ronaldo opt to begrudgingly pay the £12.9m, it would NOT be considered an admission of guilt - and therefore could contest the allegations in court.
He could also still be fined and sentenced if he is found guilty.
The judge in charge of the case will make a decision bearing in mind the prosecutor's recommendations. According to ESPN.com, prosecutors would be satisfied with Messi paying a fine of 400 Euros ($448) per day for the duration of the sentence, which would work out to 255,500 Euros (just over $286,000).
In a document reviewed by The Associated Press, Di Maria's lawyer accepted the two counts, which relate to fraud committed in 2012 and 2013.
Di Maria, who now plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended.
"Cristiano has a contract and he is a Real Madrid player".
The Argentine midfielder is accused of failing to pay some €1.3 million to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.
CRISTIANO RONALDO has reportedly "no intention" of paying nearly £13million in tax he is being chased for by Spanish authorities.
What happened with the tax authorities was after the game.
In 2016, Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano received a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud while Barca superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar are both now awaiting court decisions.