Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is due to appear in a Spanish court later on Monday 31 July to answer to charges relating to tax evasion.
The Real Madrid star who is the world’s highest paid athlete, is reported to have evaded in excess of $17.3 million since 2010 of income generated from image rights. Ronaldo has in the past denied the allegations made against him.
If indicted, the Portuguese forward could face a fine of of “at least 28 million in Euros” and a prison sentence of three and a half years, says the Geshan Union of Experts at Spain’s Inland Revenue.
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The 32 year old is the latest in a string of players plying their trade in Spain to be pursued by tax authorities in the country. The others being Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Neymar Junior.
Messi recieved a 252,000 Euro fine earlier this year, while in 2016 his Argentine teammate Mascherano received a one year suspended prison sentence.