Cristiano Ronaldo Accused of Tax Evasion, Could Face Jail Time
It seems that soccer stars playing in Spain just can’t get a break from tax evasion suspicion. Months after superstar Lionel Messi was convicted on a 21-month sentence, it seems that a Spanish prosecutor has formally accused Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo of four counts of tax evasion.
The statement reads Ronaldo, a Portuguese national, “took advantage of a business structure created in 2010 to hide from fiscal authorities income generated in Spain from image rights.”
Meanwhile Ronaldo, who recently paid an extra $7 million in back taxes for 2014, claims he’s not too worried about the proceedings. He said to a national network, “I am very relaxed about it — the truth is I’m very, very relaxed,” Ronaldo said. “I know that these things can be resolved with the best decisions. So I am good. I can say [that] from the depth of my heart, looking straight into the camera. When you do things well you can go to bed feeling relaxed. And I sleep well always, always. So I am good, and only thinking about the Champions League final.”
Sounds like something a guilty dude would say, doesn’t it?
No word yet on a timeline for prosecution, but I’m sure Spain will let everyone know when it’s time.