Ronaldo fined 18.8m over tax evasion

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a deal with a Spanish court that will see him pay an €18.8 million (£16.6 million) fine after admitting to tax evasion. 

The deal, agreed in advance with prosecutors, also includes a 23-month prison term, which he is unlikely to serve as sentences of less than two years are typically suspended under Spanish law in favour of probation.

Ronaldo acknowledged four incidents amounting to €5.7 million in tax avoided on deals for image rights between 2010 and 2014, when he was playing for Real Madrid. Prosecutors claimed the proceeds from these were funnelled through low-tax companies overseas to avoid paying the required tax, though the footballer's representatives insisted it was down to a misunderstanding of Spanish law.