Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to defrauding the Spanish state of more than €1 million on Thursday.
The Spanish player failed to declare payments of over €5 million earned from his move to Chelsea in 2014.
However, the court said the footballer will pay his adopted country compensation, instead of spending time behind bars.
The Spanish law states that non-violent crimes with a punishment of under two years’ imprisonment can instead be resolved with a fine for first-time offenders.
In Costa’s case, the Brazil-born Spain international will cough out an additional payment of just over €500,000 to the missing €1 million, in order to fully satisfy the court.
His failure to declare his image rights also came under the state’s microscope.
Costa left Atletico in July of 2014, after Chelsea agreed to meet the forward’s £32 million buy-out clause.
He won two Premier League titles and a League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge, bagging 59 goals across 120 appearances.
His exit from the London club occurred rather in acrimonious circumstances, with then head coach, Antonio Conte, having sent the player a text message, telling him that he was no longer part of his plans at the club.
Costa eventually secured a deal to return to the Spanish capital in 2017, although not before going into self-exile in Brazil, following his spat with Conte.
He could not represent the club until the beginning of 2018, due to a FIFA-imposed transfer ban.