Ronaldo Gets Tax Fine Reduction From Spain

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Spanish authorities have reduced by two million euros the tax liabilities of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the El Mundo daily has reported. According to El Mundo, which had access to documents of the settlement, tax authorities realised he paid two million euros too much last year for image rights he sold in 2014. That means he only has to pay 16.7 million euros, as against the 18.8 million euros ordered by the court, to settle a tax fraud claim. Spains taxman and Ronaldos advisors made the deal to settle claims the 33-year-old, who has since moved to Italys Juventus, hid income generated from image rights while he was playing for Real Madrid. The agreement also includes a two-year jail sentence which he wont serve. Sentences of up to two years are generally not enforced in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes. El Mundo said Ronaldo has already paid 13.4 million euros of the 16.7 million euro he is expected to pay. The newspaper said the tax agreement also means that the court near Madrid investigating the case had dropped charges against Ronaldos agent Jorge Mendes. Had the case gone further, without the player offering a settlement, Ronaldo could have faced a reported fine of 28 million euros and a three-and-a-half-year jail term, according to the Spanish tax office union Gestha.   NAN
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