Ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s meeting with Madrid judge Monica Gomez Ferrer on July 31, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been advised by his lawyers to pay the Spanish authorities £12.9m.
Both the newspaper ABC and state television TVE claim Ronaldo has reluctantly agreed to pay the sum he is accused of having failed to declare in order to reduce any subsequent fines.
If Ronaldo makes the payment it would not be an admission of guilt and he could still contest the Spanish public prosecutor’s allegations in court.
He could also still be fined and sentenced if he is found guilty. Although any prison term is likely to be shorter and anything under 21 months would not have to be served because it is his first offence and the 32-year-old forward does not have any criminal records.
The reports have been contradicted by other sources close to the player who say he is still assessing his options ahead of the July meeting.