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Ronaldo in court over taxes

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Head of communication at Gestifute, the agency which represents Cristiano Ronaldo speaks to the media after Ronaldo appeared before a court. AFP

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.

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