Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up his testimony under the steady gaze of the judge in the court session as part of a probe to decide if he committed tax fraud
Ronaldo showed up in the Spanish court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid. Following an hour and a half proclaiming before the judge, with no requirement for an interpreter, Ronaldo appeared to be quiet and calm.
‘If my name weren’t Cristiano Ronaldo, I wouldn’t be sitting here’, are a portion of the gathered words articulated by the Madrid superstar in the court session.
In that 90 minutes, there could have been moments of pressure between the judge and the footballer under scrutiny.
“Now is the moment to let justice do its work,” he said. “I believe in justice and I hope that, also, in this case, there is a just decision. And with the goal of avoiding any unnecessary pressures or contributing to any kind of ‘parallel justice,’ I have decided that I will not make any more comments about this issue until the decision is made.”
Based on the evidence heard on Monday, Gomez Ferrer will then decide whether to take the case forward and set a trial date. If found guilty, Ronaldo could be ordered to pay back taxes and a fine — which could be as high as €50 million — and experts have said he risks a custodial sentence if he fails to comply.
One of the player’s agents was the one to report to the media present outside the courthouse that the player would be putting forth no open or public statement as he was headed home.
Iñaki Torres additionally expressed that an official statement would be made right away, giving Ronaldo’s own version of event.