Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in prison due to tax offences whilst at Real Madrid between 2011 and 2012.
The former Portugal international spent three seasons at the Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013 and has accepted the sentence handed out by the Madrid magistrate court.
The prosecution office has requested a year in prison and a €300k, however the court felt that was ‘disproportionate’ and instead sentenced the 37-year-old to seven months in prison along with a €142,822 fine.
The court praised Carvalho for his full acknowledgement of the circumstances and compliance in proceedings, alongside repaying the full fee of €545,981.03.
Currently playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG this is news which is likely to end a two-decade long playing career which included spells at Porto, Chelsea and Monaco.