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Cristiano Ronaldo could face tax-fraud charges in Spain

Spanish prosectors are looking into the alleged financial irregularities related to money Real Madrid C.F. and Portugal national football team star Cristiano Ronaldo had in the Virgin Islands. Ronaldo Ronaldo has been named in Portugal’s squad for the Fifa Confederations Cup.

football Updated: May 26, 2017 10:22 IST
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If Real Madrid C.F. and Portugal national football team forward Cristiano Ronaldo gets charged by Spanish tax authorities he could face a prison sentence of 15 months as per law, though jail time is highly unlikely. (Getty Images)

Spanish prosecutors are considering whether Cristiano Ronaldo should face charges over allegations by the country’s tax agency that he defrauded the authorities of 15 million euros ($16.7 million) between 2011 and 2014.

Prosecutors said Thursday they have until the end of June to decide whether to charge the Real Madrid C.F. and Portugal national football team star, based on evidence from an investigation by tax officials.

The alleged irregularities were mostly related to money that Ronaldo had in the Virgin Islands.

Tax officials said Ronaldo adjusted his tax declarations and paid an extra 6 million euros ($6.7 million) in 2014.

Prosecutors said that if they decided to charge him, and if the Portugal captain was subsequently found guilty by a court, he would face a prison sentence of at least 15 months. However, it would be unlikely he would go to jail as a first-time offender.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was convicted of tax fraud last year.

Sanches misses out in Portugal squad

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in Portugal national football team’s squad for the Confederations Cup, but Renato Sanches misses out on selection.

Fernando Santos named the European champions’ 24-man group for the friendly with Cyprus, World Cup qualifier against Latvia and the tournament in Russia on Thursday.

While world champions Germany are resting a host of star names, Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is part of Portugal’s plans.

Nani, Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho, Pepe, Bruno Alves and Rui Patricio are also among the experienced players to be called up by Santos.

And Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, Inter’s Joao Mario and Monaco star Bernardo Silva are other big names included in a strong squad.

However, Bayern Munich midfielder Sanches – Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 – and striker Eder, who scored the winner against France in the final, are left out, with Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes also missing out for personal reasons.

It adds to a tough first season in Germany for Sanches, who only started six Bundesliga matches, and he will instead play in the European Under-21 championship in Poland.

The Confederations Cup begins on June 17, concluding with the final on July 2, with Portugal in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Mexico and New Zealand.

Germany are in Group B with Cameroon, Chile and Australia.

Portugal’s squad, which includes uncapped Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, will be cut down to 23 for the Confederations Cup.

Portugal squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Beto (Sporting CP), Jose Sa (Porto), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Cagliari), Cedric (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Jose Fonte (West Ham), Luis Neto (Zenit), Nelson Semedo (Benfica), Pepe (Real Madrid), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Sporting CP), Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Danilo Pereira (Porto), Joao Mario (Inter), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Pizzi (Benfica) and William Carvalho (Sporting CP)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Nani (Valencia) and Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas).

First Published: May 26, 2017 10:21 IST