Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, is considered as the world’s best-paid player, who plays as a forward for Real Madrid Spanish football club and the Portugal National team. He’s been soaring high in the world of football and has earned multiple awards and trophies including the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards. Over all, he is a prolific footballer since he started playing when he was only 18 after learning that he had a racing heart or known as Tachycardia when he was 15. Unfortunately, the Portuguese footballer is in a tight spot right now after being accused of Tax Evasion since 2010.

The father-of-three however, has firmly denied these allegations.

The football star appears in court for his tax evasion case

Cristiano Ronaldo earlier today appeared in court in the Madrid suburb of Pozeulo de Alarcón in Spain, where he spent an hour-and-a-half to present evidence to the prosecutors. BBC reports that the Portuguese footballer was accused to have evaded $17.3 million in tax since 2010. “[The Real Madrid player] took advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities,” the prosecutors said. "[It was a] voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain.” However, the football superstar’s camp also denied these claims and insists that his conscience is clear.

According to the Gestha union of experts at Spain's Inland Revenue, if his case will be brought to trial, Cristiano Ronaldo will be required to pay more than $32.9 million and might be sentenced to prison for 3.5 years. The footballer reportedly told the judges in court that he was accused of tax evasion only because of his name.

He said that he never miss asking his advisors to pay everything on his behalf and keep everything updated as he doesn’t want headaches later on. The football superstar went on to say that he is fully aware that he has to pay taxes accordingly and that he has been doing it since then.

The Portuguese footballer did not face the media

Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to talk to the hundreds of media gathered outside the Spanish court today but he left without saying anything. He was spotted arriving and departing through an underground garage, which means that he doesn’t have the feels yet to talk to anyone. Upon entering the court, he also used the side door in an attempt to avoid the media, leaving hundreds of journalists and 40 TV crews disappointed. The football superstar must be having a bad day. Who wouldn’t?

Do you think that Cristiano Ronaldo is innocent with his tax evasion case?