Former Chelsea defender given seven-month prison sentence

Ex-Chelsea star Ricardo Carvalho sentenced to seven months in prison for tax fraud in Spain

Ex-Chelsea star Ricardo Carvalho sentenced to seven months in prison for tax fraud in Spain

The incident leaves a blot over the ace's professional playing career, with Carvalho regarded as the best defender in the league during his time at Chelsea.

Former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in prison after admitting to tax offences in Spain.

The public prosecutor had wanted Carvalho to pay a £269,000 fine and be sentenced to 12 months in prison.

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Carvalho, who now plays alongside former Chelsea midfielder Oscar in the Chinese Super League, is viewed as one of the best defenders to grace Stamford Bridge during the Roman Abramovich era.

The defender will not be serving any jail term due to Spanish rules, any sentence under two years for non-violent crimes handed to defendants without prior convictions are suspended.

The 39-year-old Carvalho spent two seasons at Real Madrid between June 2010-June 2012.

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The former Porto, Chelsea and Monaco centre-back's case was also helped by the fact he paid back the full amount owed of €545,981.03.

Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty in July 2016 of three counts of defrauding the Spanish tax authority out of £3.59m - 4.1 million euros - by hiding earnings from image rights in offshore accounts in Uruguay and Belize from 2007 to 2009.

Carvalho is the latest player to have fallen foul of tax law in Spain.

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