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.

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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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