Ex-Real Madrid defender Carvalho jailed for tax fraud

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Former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho was sentenced to seven months in prison and fined 142,882 euros ($167,000) on Friday for crimes against the Spanish tax authority, a Spanish court filing said.

The incident leaves a blot over the ace's professional playing career, with Carvalho regarded as the best defender in the league during his time at Chelsea.

The court said that the player had paid back the evaded taxes amounting to 545,981 euro ($640,146.34) and confessed before his trail.

He departed to rejoin Mourinho under the pristine spotlights of Real Madrid to add a La Liga title to his name in 2012.

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As the sentence is less than two years and for a first offence, it is automatically suspended, as was the case when Barcelona's Lionel Messi was found guilty of a similar offence in July 2016.

Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, Sporting Lisbon's Fabio Coentrao and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho have also faced investigation by Spanish authorities for tax evasion while they lived in Spain.

Judge Monica Gomez Ferrer has called Mendes and his nephew and associate Luis Correia, to give evidence in her court regarding Ronaldo's case on October 19 next.

But he was still made to face charges relating back to 2011 and 2012 at the Santiago Bernabeu.