Ricardo Carvalho handed seven-month jail sentence

Ricardo Carvalho handed seven-month jail sentence

Ricardo Carvalho handed seven-month jail sentence

Ex-Chelsea central defender Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in prison after a Spanish court found him guilty of tax offences.

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.

The 39-year-old, who now plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League, is unlikely to serve the sentence behind bars because, in Spain, non-violent crimes rarely require a defendant without previous convictions to serve time.

The prosecution had argued for a year-long sentence and a €300,000 fine (£286,824), however this was reduced to seven months and a payment of €142,822 (£127, 979).

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The 39-year-old is unlikely to serve any jail time because, under Spanish law, sentences below two years for non-violent crimes when defendants do not have a previous conviction are typically viewed as suspended.

Carvalho spent three years at Stamford Bridge before joining up with Mourinho at Real Madrid, and the pair won the La Liga title together in 2012.

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.

Carvalho joins Lionel Messi in the list of players caught dodging tax in Spain.

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