Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in a Spanish court, where he was accused of evading millions of taxes.
Prosecutors accuse the football star, who is reportedly the highest paid athlete in the world, of evading 14.7 million euros ($ 17.3 million) in taxes.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, is expected to make a statement after the pre-trial hearing, but left without saying a word.
The Real Madrid player has previously denied the allegations, saying “his conscience is clear”.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the last in a series of players pursued by the Spanish tax authorities.
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Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona, was sentenced to 21 months in prison after being found guilty on the same charge last year.
Earlier this month, the court ruled that he could pay 252,000 euros instead of imprisonment.
However, Lionel Messi was accused of evading 4.1 million euros in taxes alone, 10.6 million euros less than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo spent an hour and a half testifying in a court in the Madrid suburb of Pozuelo de Alarcon on July 31, avoiding media outside the camp by arriving in and out of an underground garage.
According to prosecutors, Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage of “the advantage of a company structure set up in 2010 to hide the income generated in Spain from his copyright by the tax authorities”, which is a “voluntary and deliberate breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain. “
Cristiano Ronaldo’s management also denied the allegations.
However, if the case is sent to trial and Cristiano Ronaldo is found guilty, the Portuguese striker could receive a fine of “at least 28 million euros” and imprisonment for three and a half years, the union of experts Gestha in Spain, says Inland Revenue .