Cristiano Ronaldo Gets 2 Years, $21M Payment For Tax Evasion

Ronaldo is unlikely to serve any time in jail under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation

Cristiano Ronaldo Gets 2 Years, $21M Payment For Tax Evasion

According to Opta, Ronaldo's hat-trick was the 51st of his career for club and country, as well as the 51st in the history of the World Cup.

The deal was struck just hours before Ronaldo is due to play his first 2018 FIFA World Cup match, as Portugal takes on Spain in Sochi, Russia, on Friday evening. "Of course there are moments when things don't go as well but we know what we want, and what we are asking our players and everyone is to see us as a team".

Ronaldo's personal success came at an event in which he has previously struggled to be at his best, as he matched his goal tally from his previous 13 World Cup appearances combined.

The Real Madrid forward was superb in Portugal's 3-3 World Cup draw with Spain on Friday, giving his team the flawless start with a penalty, putting them 2-1 ahead and popping up at the death, cool as you like, to whip home a free kick and complete a magnificent hat-trick.

The Premier League Golden Glove victor failed to save Cristiano Ronaldo's shot from long range moments before half-time on Saturday (AEST), giving Portugal the ascendancy in Sochi. Cristiano Ronaldo drew an early penalty and converted from the spot in the fourth minute, but Diego Costa equalized the game with a stunning solo goal in the 24th. The hat trick was his first ever at the World Cup and matched his goal production in his first 13 games over three World Cups.

Ronaldo has now scored in eight consecutive major tournaments, going back to Euro 2004.

"We are not the favourites, but yes, we are candidates".

Three minutes after that, Nacho's glorious effort from 22 yards made it 3-2, his half-volley curling into the net off the left-hand post. We have played one of the favorite teams to win the World Cup, we have been winning twice and drew and I think it was a fair result. "I hope he manages to keep it up", said his Portugal teammate Bernardo Silva. "We are all members of the same family", he said.

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