Former Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho was sentenced to prison for seven months after being proved guilty of tax evasion. Although the prosecution demanded a sentence of an year but it was reduced to almost half after an agreement was reached between the prosecution and defence counsel. The verdict was given after the Portuguese veteran confessed to tax crimes during his trial proceedings which were held in a Spanish court.
Carvalho was charged with multiple tax crimes in 2011 and wrongdoings in his image rights in 2012. He was made to pay back the entire tax evasion of some 545,981 euro.
Before the trial proceedings, state attorney had requested the court to fine Ricardo Carvalho 300,000 euros but after the settlement between the two parties, he was charged 142,822 euros.
The Portuguese defender has enjoyed an illustrious career as he has donned the shirts of some of the biggest clubs in the world. After winning Champions League with Porto under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, Carvalho moved to Chelsea with his boss. At Chelsea he made an impermeable defensive partnership with John Terry and won a host of trophies during his 6 year stint.
Ricardo Carvalho moved to Real Madrid again with Mourinho in 2010 and stayed there till 2013 before moving to French football giants Monaco. It was during his Madrid stay that he evaded the taxes amounting to more than half a million euros.
It was the summer of 2017 only when the 39-year-old made his switch to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG from Monaco but it appears like his stay in China will be cut short. But it should also be noted that prison sentences below two years can be served under probation.
Earlier in September, a Spanish court summoned Manchester United coach after he was accused of tax fraud amounting to 3.2 million euros between 2011 and 2012.