Gestha Union unhappy with low Ronaldo tax fraud fineJune 19, 2018
The Gestha Union have hit out at Spanish Authorities for their ‘low’ fine over Cristiano Ronaldo’s failure to pay taxes.
Following the Champions League final last month against Liverpool, Ronaldo has been at the forefront of Spanish media, having not fully confirmed his future at Madrid yet and been involved in off-field tax fraud case.
Ronaldo, who first denied any wrong doing in accusations that he had defrauded the Spanish treasury between 2011 and 2014 – has now pleaded guilty and been given his terms.
Lawyers and agents representing the former Manchester United man have been heavily negotiating a deal with authorities and it is now confirmed that a two-year prison sentence plus a £16,5m fine has been accepted.
The 33-year-old will not face any time behind bars because he has no previous convictions, much like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who was involved in a similar case.
“The fines should be higher, and we believe this should be revalued,” read a statement from the Gestha union, via Europa Press.
“In recognition of the volume of the charges, the fines should be higher while his legal and financial advisers, who drew up the plan to evade tax, helped these crimes.”
Under Spanish law, a sentence of two years or under can be served on probation providing the offender has no prior convictions.
Messi, who was last year fined 3.5million (€4.1million) after being found guilty of tax fraud – skipped his prison sentence too on the same law.
Ronaldo was in action for Portugal against Spain last Friday in the Group B opener of the Russia World Cup in 2018, where he netted a sublime hat-trick.