Cristiano Ronaldo was fined almost €19 million ($21.6 million) for tax fraud on Tuesday but will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence.
The Juventus forward, who played for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018, agreed to settle the case by paying an €18.8m 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,...
Juventus eased to a 3-0 win against Chievo Verona on Monday night in Turin to extend their lead in Serie A over the chasing pack.
Douglas Costa opened the scoring for the hosts before the quarter hour, finishing off a mazy run from a counter-attack with a 20-yard strike to beat Chievo keeper Stefano Sorrentino.
Juventus took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room after Paulo Dybala set up Emre Can for the easiest of finishes following an intricate team move just before the half-time whistle.