Cristiano Ronaldo will likely avoid jail in guilty plea for tax evasion


Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to plead guilty to four counts of tax evasion on Tuesday in Madrid but likely will avoid jail.

His trial is set to start on charges he avoided $6.5 million in personal income taxes between 2011 to 2014 by using an off-shore account to hide earnings from the use of his image.

He’s agreed to plead guilty, and prosecutors will ask a judge for 23 months in prison and a hefty fine, said the Daily Mail.

But since sentences of two years or less for first-offenders are typically suspended under Spanish law, the 33-year-old star striker for Juventus is unlikely to spend any time behind bars, it said.

Ronaldo subsequently paid what he owed in unpaid taxes along with a six-figure sum to cover the interest.

The Portugal-born five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who lives in Spain and has earned an estimated $450 million in his career, is willing to pay an extra $400,000 to ensure a suspended sentence, said the Spanish daily newspaper ABC.

He’s expected to take a private jet to Spain for the court appearance after his team plays Monday near Verona in northern Italy.