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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo warms up during a training session in Yokohama near Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Real Madrid will play Mexico's Club America in the semifinal of the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Spanish prosecutors sued soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, alleging $16 million in tax fraud

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Real Madrid forward and global soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is alleged to have evaded $16.4 million worth of tax payments in a lawsuit filed by Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday, The Telegraph reported.

Authorities said Ronaldo had used a "business structure" to knowingly hide his the income from his image rights. They say that this constituted a "voluntary" failure to adhere to Spanish tax obligations. 

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Ronaldo is just the latest soccer star to run afoul of the Spanish tax system. Barcelona players Lionel Messi and Neymar have had tax issues of their own in the past. 

Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players on the planet, having won the Champions League in 2017 with Spanish team Real Madrid, and the Euro Cup in 2016 with his native Portugal. 

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