Sergio Ramos has been fined by the Spanish tax authorities for tax evasion. The defender of Real Madrid announced on Wednesday via Twitter to disagree with the penalty and appeals.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo , this is an amount of 1 million euros. Ramos is said to have been guilty of improperly placing his portrait rights, which means that he has to pay less tax.
It would be about tax evasion between 2012 and 2014. Ramos says that there is, however, an administrative fine and not an offense. "I am aware of all my obligations to the tax authorities and I pass on all my income in Spain."
According to 33-year-old Ramos, the misunderstanding has arisen because of new rules at the tax authorities. "Since I do not agree with the change in the criteria of the tax authorities, I have the right to appeal."
Ramos is not the first football player to be hit by the Spanish tax authorities. Cristiano Ronaldo (then Real Madrid player) and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi also received a hefty penalty for tax evasion.
In the summer of 2018, Ronaldo reportedly paid 18.8 million euros to buy his business. Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison in May 2017, because the Argentinian had evaded 4.1 million in income tax between 2007 and 2009. He did not have to go to jail because it was a sentence of less than two years.