Cristiano Ronaldo agrees to pay $29 million fine in tax fraud case, Spanish media reports – FIFA World Cup – Russia 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($29.3 million) to avoid a prison sentence, Spanish media reports.Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported the Portugal forward was ready to admit to four counts of tax fraud that would carry a prison sentence of two years.But prison sentences shorter than two years in Spain are often suspended for first-time offenders.The deal was yet to be ratified by Spain’s Tax Office, according to different Spanish media, including Europa Press news agency.Neither Spain’s Tax Office, its Ministry of Justice nor people close to Ronaldo would confirm the existence of a deal when called by The Associated Press.Reports of the deal came hours before Ronaldo scored three goals to give Portugal a 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening match of the World Cup in Russia.

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