According to reports, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to plead guilty to tax fraud as part of a deal he has agreed with Spanish authorities.
He is expected to accept a suspended two-year prison sentence and also to pay a fine of close to 19m euros (£16.9m). On Thursday, a source confirmed to The Associated Press that the agreement will be finalised in the coming days.
The player has reached a tentative deal with the state prosecutor’s office, but Spain’s tax authorities had yet to sign off on the agreement, as last year a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7m euros.
He was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. The accusation does not involve his salary from his time with Real, however, last July; Ronaldo denied any wrongdoing when questioned by a judge.
After being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1m euros, in 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence. Earlier this month, Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real in a club record deal.
And he is set to start his Serie A career at Chievo (on the weekend of August 18-19) after the opening round of Italian top-flight fixtures were released on Wednesday.
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