Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a two-year prison sentence and a fine over four counts of tax evasion.
Following the Champions League final last month against Liverpool, Ronaldo has been at the forefront of Spanish media, having 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 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.
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 fined 3.5million (€4.1million) in 2017 after being found guilty of tax fraud – skipped his prison sentence too on the same law.
Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus, was in court on Tuesday and told reporters following the sentence: “It is now over.”
Former Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso also appeared in court but not outcome was reached over his alleged dealings.
Alonso has now accepted fraud allegations between 2010 and 2012, despite the potential of being hit with a five year prison term and a fine.