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Madrid — Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was fined almost €19m for tax fraud on Tuesday but will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence after agreeing to a deal. Ronaldo, holding hands with Spanish fiancee Georgina Rodriguez, came out of the court room smiling, pausing to sign autographs before leaving in a black van. The Juventus forward, who played for Real Madrid from 2009-2018, agreed to settle the case by paying an €18.8m fine and accepting a suspended jail sentence. Under Spanish law, a first offender can serve anything less than a two-year sentence under probation and Ronaldo will not have to go to prison. His court appearance lasted about 15 minutes as the five-times world footballer of the year only needed to sign off on the previously settled agreement. Earlier, Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team mate Xabi Alonso walked in to face his own tax fraud case with his hands deep in his suit pockets. "Yes, all good," was his only response to reporters' questions. Ronald...

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