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Report: Cristiano Ronaldo hid his money in Virgin Islands, faces prison time

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly hid his money in the Virgin Islands.
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The most famous athlete on the planet is being accused of tax evasion in Spain.

According to TMZ Sports, Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo faces a criminal complaint from Spanish officials who say he evaded taxes to the tune of $16 million between 2011 and 2014.

Mail Online notes that the complaint accuses Ronaldo of setting up shell companies in the Virgin Islands to help hide his money. If convicted, Ronaldo would face a maximum of five years in prison.

Last month, the 32-year-old was named the most famous athlete in the world by ESPN. His coach from the Portuguese national team referred to him as the Michael Jordan of soccer.

According to Forbes, Ronaldo made $93 million in 2016 and signed a four-year contract with Real Madrid worth $50 million per season. That's just padding on his bank account considering he has a lifetime deal with Nike worth about $1 billion, Forbes says.

Ronaldo's fellow Spanish league superstar and longtime rival, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, was convicted last year on three counts of tax evasion along with his father, ESPN reported. They were sentenced to 21 months in jail, but are allowed to serve it under probation.

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