Cristiano Ronaldo has been summoned to appear in a Madrid court to plead guilty for tax fraud.
The Juventus attacker has struck a deal with prosecutors in Spain over a case relating to his time with Real Madrid. Ronaldo was accused of tax evasion for which he needed to serve a two-year sentence.
The agreement with the officials will suspend the jail sentence but it will cost the 33-year-old forward near about €19m.
Ronaldo is not expected to be in court for long but the player did turn down the option of addressing the court through video. He was accused of four counts of tax fraud between 2011 and 2014 to which he denied having any part in.
It stated in the case reports that the Portuguese had used foreign shell companies to hide his income from image rights or from sources outside of his general salary from Real Madrid. Ronaldo was even questioned for nearly 90 minutes regarding the issue.
To protect himself, the striker had requested the court to allow a backdoor entrance from the parking lot but was denied.
This is one of the two mishaps with the law that Ronaldo has to address. The other one being the rape allegation from Kathryn Mayorga in the United States of America. A police investigation is currently underway.