POZUELO DE ALARCON, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, accused of evading $17.3 million in taxes, arrived at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court yesterday to testify.
The 32-year-old Portuguese has denied all the allegations through his agents.
If found guilty of hiding earnings from his image rights between 2011 and 2014, Ronaldo would face a large fine and a possible custodial sentence.
Spanish courts have recently cracked down on tax evasion among leading footballers.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was handed a 21-month prison sentence this year on similar charges, although he is unlikely to serve any time in jail because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years can be served as probation.