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Cristiano Ronaldo 'accepts a two-year suspended prison sentence and £16million fine for tax evasion'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15-06-2018 George Martin

Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a £16million fine and a two-year suspended prison sentence for tax evasion in Spain - local media report.

Ronaldo was accused by Spanish prosecutors in June last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8million (£13million.) 

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According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the Portugal and Real Madrid forward has admitted the charge in exchange for a reduced penalty.

But because the star has no previous convictions, he will not serve any time behind bars.

a man wearing a suit and sunglasses: The Portuguese forward is currently on duty with his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Portuguese forward is currently on duty with his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Ronaldo, often described as the 'best player in the world', originally denied the charges when they were brought against him last summer.

The striker admitted a total of four tax offences on Friday after prosecutors agreed to significantly reduce the amount he was required to pay back from €14.7million to €5.7million.

Cristiano Ronaldo standing next to a woman: He will be required to pay the Spanish government €19million in total made up of €5.7million in taxes and €13.3million in fines and interest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He will be required to pay the Spanish government €19million in total made up of €5.7million in taxes and €13.3million in fines and interest

The rest of the €19million total Ronaldo is required to pay the Spanish government is made up of interest and fines.

According to Spanish media, the agreement hasn't yet been signed, but once formalised it will settle the case against him once and for all.

a man with a football ball: Cristiano Ronaldo in a training session at the Portuguese national team's base camp in Kratovo, outskirts of Moscow on Monday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cristiano Ronaldo in a training session at the Portuguese national team's base camp in Kratovo, outskirts of Moscow on Monday

Ronaldo is currently on duty with Portugal at the World Cup in Russia having flown into Moscow last Saturday with the national team. 

Portugal are set to kick off their campaign with a crunch match against longstanding Iberian rivals Spain at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on Friday.

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