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Cristiano Ronaldo bags 2-year jail term for tax fraud

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Ronaldo arrives Spanish court for alleged tax fraud trial

Portuguese football icon Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a prearranged €18.8 million fine and a suspended 23-month jail term for tax fraud in Spain on Tuesday.

The charges relate to his time at former club Real Madrid.

Juventus winger Ronaldo arrived at the Madrid court hand in hand with Georgina Rodriguez and dressed in an all-black outfit finished off neatly with white trainers and shades and gave a thumbs up and grin to the assembled reporters outside.

A judge had earlier rejected his request to enter the building via car to avoid paparazzi, meaning a media scrum greeted the 33-year-old, who found time to sign a sneaky autograph on his way up to the steps to court.

Ronaldo arrived Madrid hours after Juventus’ 3-0 Serie A win over Chievo, where he missed a penalty.

He was highly expected to plead guilty to defrauding the Spanish treasury and sign a deal on the sentence and fine.

Due to the non-violent nature of Ronaldo’s crime, and Spanish law dictating that a term of under two years incarceration can be served on probation for first-time offenders,the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner will not spend any time behind bars.

Ronaldo’s court appearance in the Spanish capital lasted just 15 minutes as the player needed simply to sign off paperwork for the previously agreed settlement in court, Reuters reported.

Earlier, Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team mate Xabi Alonso walked in to face own tax fraud case with his hands deep in his suit pockets. “Yes, all good,” was his only response to reporters’ questions.

Former Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon winger Ronaldo has reportedly already paid a tax office penalty in the sum of €13.5 million, after accepting charges he defrauded the court to the tune of €14.7 million.

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Solskjaer offers Pogba Vice-Captaincy as Ashley Young becomes Captain

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will only offer Paul Pogba a vice-captaincy role at Manchester United next season, with the armband instead going to veteran Ashley Young.

It emerged on Tuesday that Solskjaer was prepared to give Pogba the captaincy in an effort to persuade the midfielder to snub interest from Real Madrid and commit to the Red Devils.

However, The Times now say that Pogba will in fact be offered a deputy role, with Young to take over from Antonio Valencia as the new United captain.

The 33-year-old is the most senior player at the club and has often worn the armband this past season, with previous skipper Antonio Valencia only making six league appearances.

But United are looking to sign a new, first-choice right-back this summer – Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been mooted – meaning Young will often not be on the pitch.

Solskjaer has therefore narrowed down the candidates to be United’s on-pitch captain when Young is not in the side to three names: Pogba, David de Gea and Chris Smalling.

Nevertheless, there is still a belief that being part of the leadership team at United will give Pogba pause to consider staying at Old Trafford.

 

 

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Chelsea ordered to pay Conte £9m in compensation for unfair dismissal

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Chelsea has been ordered to pay former boss Antonio Conte £9million in compensation.

Conte, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his two years in west London, has been embroiled in a bitter divorce from the club.

The Italian was sacked last summer and engaged in a legal fight with the Blues, citing unfair dismissal.

Conte, who has held off taking another job during the past 12 months, wanted the final year of his contact paid in full.

Now, a three-person Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal has sided with Conte in the bitter dispute.

However, if Chelsea refuse to accept the tribunal’s ruling, then the judgment can be challenged in the High Court.

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Conor McGregor wants rematch if his fight with Floyd Mayweather & he says he will win

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Conor McGregor has revealed he wants a rematch of his fight with Floyd Mayweather, saying he’s 100% confident he will defeat Floyd.

“I would like to rematch him under boxing rules, again,” Cornor said to Tony Robbins during a recent interview,  “and I believe I would win.”

“Actually, there I go again with that fake humbleness, I KNOW I WOULD WIN!” He affirmed.

Recall that Conor first fought Floyd back in August 2017, but Floyd beating on Conor so badly in the 10th round, the referee stopped the fight.

“When I went into the fight in the early rounds I was WHOOPING him in the early rounds,” Conor said, “I went back to my corner after the 1st round and I said, ‘This is easy!'”

However, Conor says Floyd switched up his style going from a “back-footed,” defensive approach to a more aggressive “Mexican style.”

Conor says the switch shows how talented Floyd is, but he says he can prepare better for that alternative style and crush Floyd in a rematch.

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