Football’s biggest icon of his era had pleaded guilty in a Madrid court to put an end to his tax ordeal in Spain.
Ronaldo appeared in the court yesterday (Tuesday), pleaded guilty to tax fraud and agreed to pay a fine of €19 million euros ($21.6 million), state media reports.
The Juventus forward was in the court for 45 minutes to respond to the charges of tax evasion during his stint with the LaLiga giants Real Madrid. As he pleaded guilty to end the four-year-old case, the court ordered him to pay € 19 million approximately, while also pronouncing a two-year suspended jail term.
The judges are empowered to suspect jail term of up to two years for a first-time offender. Since the jail term is suspended, Ronaldo does not have to spend time behind the bars.
Ronaldo has been a more popular figure in Spain than his native Portugal.
Fans and media gathered at the court in huge numbers as Ronaldo arrived for the hearing. He wanted to escape the crowd. However, the court turned down his request to enter from the rear gate and he had pass through the media and crowd.
““It’s done,” said a smiling Ronaldo while walking past the media.