Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Tax Fine of Nearly $21.6 Million for Fraud

The Juventus forward will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 22: Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez arrive at the Audiencia Provincial on January 22, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Cristiano has been called to declare for tax fraud case. (Photo by Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 22: Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez arrive at the Audiencia Provincial on January 22, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Cristiano has been called to declare for tax fraud case. (Photo by Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press via Getty Images)
By Evan Bleier / January 22, 2019 12:00 pm

Though he will avoid going behind bars, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored himself a fine of nearly $21.6 million for tax fraud.

The Juventus forward, who was facing the fraud charges stemming from his days playing for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence as part of his deal.

In Spain, judges can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.

Ronaldo, who was accompanied by his lawyers and his partner Georgina Rodriguez, stopped to sign an autograph outside of the courthouse but did not address the throngs of reporters.

The soccer star earns an estimated $93 million per year, according to Forbes.

In other Ronaldo-related legal matters, the forward will submit his DNA to Las Vegas police as part of an ongoing investigation into a rape that allegedly took place in 2009.

Ronaldo has been adamant he is innocent of any wrongdoing in regard to the allegation but authorities are proceeding with the investigation nonetheless.

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