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Cristiano Ronaldo Accused of $16.5 Million Tax Evasion

  • Madrid authorities say Ronaldo hid income from image rights
  • Ronaldo led Real Madrid to Champions League, Spanish titles

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of failing to pay 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in taxes.

The prosecutor’s office in Madrid filed a lawsuit that alleges that the 31-year-old knowingly used offshore accounts to hide income from his image-rights payments. The charges come months after Spanish newspaper El Mundo published leaked documents revealing details of the offshore holdings of several soccer players, including Ronaldo. The tax evasion relates to a three-year period starting in 2011.