Former Chelsea defender given seven-month prison sentence

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

Former Portugal worldwide defender Ricardo Carvalho has been given a seven-month prison sentence over tax offences which were committed during his spell at Real Madrid between 2011 and 2012.

Under Spanish law, jail terms under two years for first time offences are viewed as suspended sentences.

The offences relate to his time in Spain during which he played for Real Madrid under the management of Jose Mourinho.

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He was also fined €142,882.

The court cited that Carvalho confessed before proceedings were brought against him and he returned the entire amount of the defrauded fee of €545,981.03.

Carvalho's former clubs also include Porto and Monaco, while he won Euro 2016 with Portugal at worldwide level previous year.

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The veteran defender admitted to a charge of concealing income from his image rights during a two-year spell at Real Madrid.

The sentence means the 39-year-old's playing days are likely over, with the defender having still been plying his trade at Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG up until his sentencing.

Now easing into retirement in China, Blues fans will look back fondly at Ricardo Carvalho for his work on the pitch, despite his wrongdoings, playing the Chelsea way with grit and determination.

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