Cristiano Ronaldo & Leo Messi
Less than twenty hours after Barcelona fans started to worry about Leo Messi going to jail for tax fraud, focus has been shifted onto Real Madrid and their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The breaking news from Spanish radio station Cadena Ser is that Ronaldo is suspected of defrauding the Spanish taxman to the tune of eight million euros.
The tax deficit relates to alleged unpaid bills Ronaldo owes due to his image rights from 2011 to 2014.
How bad is the situation?
AS have looked into the likelihood of Cristiano facing time behind bars.
For what it’s worth, that seems hugely unlikely, as there is plenty of disagreement right now about how the handle the Real Madrid star’s problems. As reported by AS:
The tax inspectors involved in drawing up the report were not in agreement on whether criminal proceedings should be started against the player (indicating suspected tax fraud) or whether a simple administrative procedure would be appropriate.
What’s with Messi?
On Wednesday, the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed Leo Messi’s 21-month prison sentence.
The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court confirmed the sentence of 21 months in prison for the Barcelona superstar.
Messi was sentenced to seven months in prison for three crimes against the Public Treasury, plus a fine of 532,313.31 euros for the fraud committed in 2007.
The Barcelona attacker has defended himself all along by saying that he had no idea about the complex business manouver to avoid taxes on his image rights.
Moreover, Messi has already returned the amount defrauded before the trial. And admitted that himself and his father had avoided the payment of taxes derived from the exploitation of the Argentine attacker’s image rights.
On Wednesday night, Barcelona issued a statement of support to Leo Messi.