Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Three things we learned today at the FIFA World Cup

Three things we learned today at the FIFA World Cup

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted an €18.8 Million fine from Spanish courts and handed a suspended two year prison sentence as part of a tax fraud case. Prison sentences not over two years in Spain are often suspended for first-time offenders.

The clash between Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions and 2010 World Cup winners Spain in Sochi is an early highlight of the competition.

His long-running problems with the Spanish taxman relate to allegations that he used companies in low-tax foreign jurisdictions - notably the British Virgin Islands and Ireland - to avoid having to pay tax otherwise due.

Once the second half kicked off, Spain wasted no time in regaining parity, again through Diego Costa, 10 minutes into the second half.

The news comes hours before Portugal take on Spain in the World Cup.

"It's the work of many years, I've always believed in myself", he insisted post-match. Who knows. Ronaldo is 33 and this is likely his last chance to win a World Cup, so it would probably take more than his tax evasion payment going public to distract him from his goal. "We faced the favorites for the World Cup, we took the lead twice and we nearly won".

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In 2014, Spanish authorities say he was late in declaring that year just 11.5 millions euros of revenue earned in Spain for the period 2011-2014 when his earnings in his country of residence totaled 43 million euros.

But Ronaldo appears fully focused on matters on the field in Russian Federation.

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Ronaldo's personal success came at an event in which he has previously struggled to be at his best, as he matched his goal tally from his previous 13 World Cup appearances combined.

"We are not the favourites but we are contenders and we will do as well as we can".

"I'm very happy, it's my first hat-trick at a World Cup", he admitted.

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