Problems keep mounting for the former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Even though he pleaded guilty in the tax evasion deal last week, he is still reportedly involved in the highly questionable rape case.
All these incidents harm the striker’s image in his homeland where he has been awarded many times for his incredible successes.
But there is a risk he could be stripped of his knighthoods, according to the Portuguese laws.
Ronaldo was named Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry in January 2014, before being awarded the Grand Cross of the Portuguese Order of Merit after Portugal won Euro 2016. However, all of them could be stripped, as stated by the president himself.
The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, addresses this issue in the interview with AFP: “The law is very simple: it is up to the chancellors of the national orders to see if anything has happened that could lead to the loss of an honour. We should let those with the legal power to decide to do so and see whether the law applies or not in this case.”
Ronaldo was accused of tax fraud committed in Spain between 2011 and 2014 when he still was a Real Madrid player.
Last week, the case was finally been settled. The Portuguese star pleaded guilty and accepted a suspended two-year jail sentence and an €18.8m fine. By the way, this unpleasant incident is rumoured to be one of the reasons behind Ronaldo’s somewhat controversial exit last summer.
In any case, Cristiano remains a hero in his native Madeira, as confirmed by the local leader Miguel Albuquerque: “Here in Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo has always been seen as a good person… He is not a criminal. [His tax-fraud charge was an] interpretation of a tax issue. He is the most prestigious Portuguese in the world.”