Ricardo Carvalho: Former Chelsea player sentenced to prison
Ricardo Carvalho spent six years at Stamford Bridge before joining up with current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and the pair won the La Liga title together in 2012.
Ex-Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has been condemned to seven months imprisonment in the wake of confessing to tax fraud in Spain. The 39-year-old defender, who is currently a player for Shanghai SIPG in China, was accused of hiding wages he earned from his image rights during his time at Real Madrid in 2011 and 2012.
Ricardo Carvalho has been requested to pay a fine of €142,822 (£128,000) after the public prosecutor’s office requested the defender’s penalty to be a year in jail as well as a €300,000 (£269,000) fine.
In any case, the Spanish court considered that request to be ‘disproportionate’, recognizing that Ricardo Carvalho had admitted to the offences and had made payment of the amount he’s alleged to have hidden, which is around €545,981 (£488,500).
Under Spanish law, prison sentences for non-violent crimes of under two years are revoked, which means that Ricardo Carvalho is probably not going to spend any time in jail.
In the wake of winning the UEFA Champions League with Porto, the defender followed Jose Mourinho to Chelsea where he won three Premier League titles.
Carvalho spent six years at Stamford Bridge before joining up with current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and the pair won the La Liga title together in 2012.