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Cristiano Ronaldo facing "minimum six years" in prison

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could face a minimum of six years in prison if he is found guilty of tax fraud.

The 31-year-old is alleged to have directed at least €150m (£127m) of his income through tax havens since joining Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009.

Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute has strongly denied the claims, but Jose Maria Mollinedo - the secretary general of the union at Spain’s tax authority (GESTHA) - revealed that if found guilty the three-time Ballon d’Or winner could face jail.

"The information about Cristiano Ronaldo makes it look like he could have defrauded more than €150m," Mollinedo told Spanish radio station RAC1.

"We’d be looking at a major fiscal crime. This would fit a minimum prison sentence for each tax year of the fraud. If the open inspection is for three years, [then it would be] a minimum of six years in prison.


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