Former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in prison for crimes against the Spanish tax authority, the sentence also carries a 142,882 euro [₦60,446,023] fine.
Under Spanish law a sentence below two years for non-violent crime rarely requires a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time.
The 39 year old Portuguese was found guilty of withholding 545,981 euros [₦230,976,471] in tax from image rights in 2011 and 2012 while playing for Madrid(2010-2013).
He pleaded guilty to the charges and has since paid the amount to the Spanish government, which the court said in a statement lead to his sentence being reduced from the Spanish public prosecutor’s recommendation of 12 months in prison with a 300,000 euro fine
Carvalho is the latest player to have fallen foul of tax law in Spain.
In 2016 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was found guilty of defrauding the Spanish state of 4.2m euros and handed a jail sentence of 21 months.
Real Madrid’s top goal-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo attended a court hearing in July to answer allegations he avoided 14.7m euros. No formal charges have been made against him.