Former Real Madrid star, Carvalho, receives jail sentence for tax evasion

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FORMER Real Madrid and Chelsea star, Ricardo Carvalho, has been sentenced to seven months in prison and fined more than €140,000 for crimes against the Spanish tax authority.

The 39-year-old, who currently plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League, is unlikely to serve the sentence behind bars because, in Spain, non-violent crimes rarely require a defendant without previous convictions to serve time.

He was found guilty by the Spanish courts of hiding more than €545,000 worth of income gained from image rights in 2011 and 2012 whilst he was playing for Real Madrid.

His sentence was reduced because he returned the full amount and pleaded guilty to the charges against him, prosecutors had originally suggested a year in prison and a €300,000 fine.

Carvalho joins Lionel Messi in the list of players caught dodging tax in Spain.

In 2016, Messi was found guilty of defrauding the state of €4.2m which landed him a jail sentence of 21 months.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in court in July facing allegations of avoiding €14.7m worth of taxes but no formal charges have yet been made against him whilst Radamel Falcao, Fabio Coentrao and Jose Mourinho have all been investigated for Spanish tax evasion.

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