How Ronaldo escaped lightly with tax fraud sentence

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Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Tuesday ordered to pay an 18.8 million-euro fine by a Madrid court and was handed a 23-month suspended jail sentence after admitting tax fraud amounting to almost 15 million euros between 2011 and 2014. The case followed the Football Leaks revelations published in December 2016 by Mediapart and its partners in the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) media consortium. But the former Real Madrid striker, whose wealth is estimated at more than 200 million euros, in fact escaped a far heavier sentence with the falsification of a document concerning his offshore payments on image rights, which Mediapart reveals here.  

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Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was sentenced for tax fraud on Tuesday by a Madrid court, when he was ordered to pay an 18.8 million-euro fine and handed a 23-month suspended prison sentence after he admitted evading tax payments of 14.8 million euros between 2011 and 2014 when he was a player with Real Madrid.