First it was Lionel Messi, then Alexis Sanchez, and finally Cristiano Ronaldo. All these three football stars were convicted by the Spanish authorities in tax evasion, and were handed due punishment. And now, another huge name in the sport has suffered similar fate.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence and a 1.8 million pound fine by the tax authorities in Spain, after he accepted charges of evading tax amount worth 2.9 million pound in 2011 and 2012. The former Real Madrid manager was accused of defrauding the authorities by concealing the income from his image rights.
Though, he won't have to serve any time in prison as the laws in Spain state that the first offence of any individual, which has less than two years prison sentence, can be served on probation. The 'Special One' was given two different six months prison sentence, which amounted upto one-year sentence, as reported by El Mundo.
Earlier this year, former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was also embroiled in a similar controversy. He was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and a hefty fine of 16.9 million pounds for avoiding tax worth 13.2 million pounds.
But the Portuguese wasn't sent to prison for tax evasion, given it was his first offence, and the prison punishment was less than two years. The failure by his club to protect him from the tax case was considered as one of the reasons behind his exit, and decision to join Juventus.
Similar was the case with Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi, who along with his father was accused and charged with tax evasion. The Argentine was ordered to pay a fine of 1.8 million pounds, and a 21-month sentence was also handed to him, though, he served it on probation. His father paid was made to pay a fine of 900,000 pounds.
There was also Alexis Sanchez, who while playing for Barcelona, was accused of defrauding the authorities of 900,000 pounds. Just like others, he decided to accept the offence, was given a 16-month suspended prison sentence, along with paying up the money he owes with interest.