Portugal could strip off the knighthood of Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal could strip off the knighthood of Cristiano Ronaldo

Right after the Spanish authority fined him more than $20 million for the tax-evasion case, his native country Portugal could strip off the knighthood of Cristiano Ronaldo. The president of the nation issued a stark warning against the footballer, although he also admitted that Ronaldo is the gem of his country.

Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be in great trouble since the starting of this year as Jasmine Lennard previously called him a ‘psychopath’. And then, Las Vegas police asked for his DNA sample to further investigate the rape-allegation made by Kathryn Mayorga. However, Cristiano Ronaldo had the support of his team Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoying his first trophy with Juventus

Portugal awarded the 33-year-old footballer the Grand Cross of the Portuguese Order of Merit after he led his nation to the victory of UEFA Euro 2016. Besides, he also named the Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry in January 2014. But it seems the prestigious honors are in deep trouble following the tax-evasion hearing by the Spanish authority.

Cristiano Ronaldo came into a $21 million settlement with the Spanish authority to avoid the two-year jail sentence for the tax fraud he committed during his time with Real Madrid. And right after the judgment came public, the Portuguese president issued a stark warning against the legendary footballer.

The tax-evasion case of Cristiano Ronaldo

Quoting the rule of the nation, Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has now confirmed that “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 honor.” He then added, “We should let those with the legal power to decide to do so and see whether the law applies or not in this case.”

But the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, has a different opinion as he said “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 then added, “He is the most prestigious Portuguese in the world.”