RONALDO EXPECTED IN MADRID FOR TAX INVASION TRIAL

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus forward is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday, January 21, 2019 to attend a trial for tax evasion in which Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and a fine.

Ronaldo who left Real Madrid for Juventus in July, 2018 is expected to plead guilty after he agreed a settlement of €18.8 million with the Spanish tax authorities last summer.

He is however unlikely to serve any time in prison as Spanish law states a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.

According to the prosecutors’ office, it was seeking a fine of €5.7 million ($6.5 million), which it said Ronaldo had already paid, as well as interest of about €1 million.

That fine is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday and it is is part of the total agreed in the earlier settlement

Ronaldo, 33, who has had a huge impact at Juventus as they are at the top of Italian football’s Serie A, will have to travel to Madrid immediately after playing for Juve against Chievo on Monday, January 21, 2019

The trial was initially expected to take place on Monday but the prosecutor’s office said the date was now set for Tuesday.

It is expected to be concluded on the same day and be short, with officials saying the hearing will only require Ronaldo to confirm he accepts the deal.

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