MADRID – Cristiano Ronaldo may face five years prison sentence as Spanish authorities are set to open an investigation into the star footballer’s financial activities.
Officials from the Spanish Ministry of Finance (GESTHA) have revealed the potential jail time the Real Madrid striker could face due to the alleged evasion of 15 million euros in taxes.
The Tax Agency strongly believes there has been some form of deceit from the Portuguese player, and has already sent a report to the public prosecutor in Madrid.
The case will be taken to court before the 30th of June, and the Real Madrid striker will not have it easy, as revealed by Ministry of Finance officials.
In case of a resolution through the administrative channel, Ronaldo would have to pay a large fine. If it is resolved through the penal system, the player could be handed a prison sentence that could go from 15 months up to five years, as estimated by GESTHA.
Several mitigating factors could play a part, such as the player recognizing the crime and paying his debt as well as a huge fine. This could see his sentence reduced to 15 months, which would result in no jail time due to the lack of prior convictions.