BILBAO, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid at San Mames Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Charges have been brought against the Real Madrid star, who is accused of defrauding the Spanish tax office of €14.7 million and he could face 5 years in prison

Written by Christian Møller Poulsen. June 13, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo has come under fire, after Spanish prosecutors have brought charges against him for tax offenses between 2011 and 2014, where he allegedly defrauded the authorities of €14.7 million.

The Portuguese should have taken advantage of a corporate structure created in 2010 to hide his revenue from his image rights. Prosecutors say that it was a voluntarily and conscious breach of the obligations to pay his taxes.

According to Sport, Ronaldo is facing a sentence for up to five years if he is found guilty.

Lionel Messi was recently found guilty in similar tax offenses where he defrauded the tax office for €4.1 million. The Argentinian was found guilty and received a 21-month prison sentence. However, as the offense was less than two years, the sentence was suspended which is a Spanish rule.

 

According to Sport, Ronaldo said earlier this month that he was relaxed about the tax charges and that he slept well at night.