Former Real Madrid and current Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted to pay a fine of £16.9million for tax fraud which he committed while playing for Madrid.
The 33-year-old Portuguese who spent nine years in Madrid was handed over a 23-month jail sentence in Spain today but because he is a first-time offender, he will not serve anytime behind the bars according to reports from Mail Online
The five-time ballon d’or winner appeared in court smiling with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and has accepted a huge fine while his jail term suspended after reaching a deal with Spanish prosecutors.
Ronaldo wore a black jacket with buttons, white trainers and dark sunglasses while walking into the court through the walk way and was seen signing autographs.
Ronaldo’s lawyers had requested that he be allowed to enter the building by car to avoid the media spotlight.
But the court president refused the request, saying that despite his ‘great fame’, he would not ‘compromise security’ at the building.
The former Manchester United forward’s request to appear via video conference was also denied, so he walked up the court steps today and even signed autographs of fans according to Mail Online.
Also in court today was his former teammate Xabi Alonso who also appeared on a separate tax evasion charge, which could lead to a five-year sentence that – unlike Ronaldo – may see him behind bars if he is found guilty