Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been asked to pay a total of €28m to avoid a criminal trial for tax evasion, say reports in the Spanish press.
According to Diario AS, the Portuguese international has been asked to pay the outstanding €14.7m along with a number of fees and commission which bring the total up to €28m.
A report in El Mundo back in March stated Ronaldo hoped to satisfy Hacienda by repaying ‘€4-5m’ of the €14.7m he reportedly owed from his image rights.
The report in AS continues that should the 33-year-old not repay this sum in full, he will face criminal proceedings initiated by the Spanish state.
This is reportedly a ‘decisive week’ in the case, with Ronaldo asked to pay the full sum before 15 June or face the trial following the conclusion of the World Cup this summer.
The case relates to an alleged failure to pay image rights in Spain between 2011 and 2014.
Representatives of the Real Madrid player have previously strenuously denied the claims and said he is "fully compliant with his tax obligations."