Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo was fined almost 19 million euros ($21.6 million) for tax fraud on Tuesday, but he will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence after agreeing to the deal.
Ronaldo, holding hands with his Spanish fiancee, Georgina Rodriguez, came out of the court-room smiling, pausing to sign autographs before leaving in a black van.
The 33-year-old Juventus forward, who played for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018, agreed to settle the case by paying an 18.8 million euro fine and accepting a suspended jail sentence.
Under Spanish law, a first offender can serve anything less than a two-year sentence under probation and Ronaldo will not have to go to prison.
His court appearance lasted about 15 minutes as the five-times World Footballer of the Year only needed to sign off on the previously settled agreement.
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.
Ronaldo had to enter the courtroom through the front door after his request for special security measures to avoid the spotlight was denied on Monday.
In 2017, Ronaldo denied the accusation that he knowingly used a business structure to hide income generated by his image rights in Spain between 2011 and 2014.
After reaching the deal, he paid a fine of 5.7 million euros, plus interest of about 1 million euros, in July 2018, the prosecutor’s office said last week. (Reuters/NAN)
Maradona plans to remain as head coach of Dorados
Argentine football great Diego Maradona on Friday appeared to backtrack on plans to quit as head coach of Mexican second division side Dorados at the end of the season, Xinhua news agency reported.
Maradona said earlier this month that he was considering leaving because of alleged bias from referees towards opposition teams.
However, the 58-year-old changed his tone after Dorados’ 1-0 home victory over Cimarrones de Sonora in their Ascenso MX quarterfinal first leg.
“I have to talk to (team owner) Jorge Alberto Hank, because I have ideas for the next tournament for Dorados. I feel an attachment with the club and I’ll defend my players to the death,” he told reporters.
The result extended Dorados’ unbeaten run to 10 matches.
The 1986 World Cup winner took charge of Dorados in September, guiding them to last season’s playoffs following six wins in seven matches.
Michael Jordan praises Tiger Woods, says his Masters victory is greatest comeback
Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods’ Masters victory last weekend is the greatest comeback of all-time.
“He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit,” M.J. told The Athletic … “To me, it was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.”
“I never thought he’d get back physically.He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now.”
M.J. added, “He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable.”
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Chicago sports broadcasting icon, Chet Coppock has died April 6 car after the accident in South Carolina.
Known as ‘The Godfather of Sports, Coppock was seated in the passenger seat during the crash, according to Chicago’s ABC affiliate.
The driver, a woman only identified as a 50-year-old from Hammond, Indiana crossed over the media and struck another vehicle head on before colliding with a third vehicle.
The driver’s condition has not been publicized.
Following the crash, which took place near the South Carolina-Georgia border, Coppock was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he ultimately died on Wednesday.
According to his former wife Anna Marie Busalacchi, Coppock’s family was by his side.
Investigators are continuing to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Coppock’s daughter Lyndsey announced her father’s death on Facebook.
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