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Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty,smiles and accepts to pay €18.8m tax fraud deal

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Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty,smiles and accepts to pay €18.8m tax fraud deal

Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty,smiles and accepts to pay €18.8m tax fraud deal

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a 23-month suspended jail term and a €18.8m (£16.6m) fine after pleading guilty to tax fraud in Spain.

The suspended jail term means the 33-year-old will not spend anytime in prison provided he abides by the probation terms and conditions.

Ronaldo, five-time winner of Europe’s Ballon d’Or was accused of avoiding paying tax in Spain between 2010 and 2014, when he was playing for Real Madrid.

The football superstar smiled but said nothing as he walked past journalists into court Tuesday in Madrid, hand in hand with his Spanish fiancee, Georgina Rodriguez, the Guardian reports.

The court appearance lasted mere minutes as Ronaldo accepted the deal offered by prosecutors.

The recent crackdown on high-profile footballers follows the removal of a tax exemption in 2010. Known as the “Beckham law”, it had allowed footballers to curb their taxes, the BBC reports.

Ronaldo also faces another ongoing legal battle: he is accused of rape in Las Vegas in 2009, a charge which he denies.

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Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty,smiles and accepts to pay €18.8m tax fraud deal

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Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty,smiles and accepts to pay €18.8m tax fraud deal

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