Ronaldo said nothing as he walked past journalists in to court dressed in black jacket and pants, black turtleneck, white trainers and sunglasses, only gesturing with his hand.
Portugal's soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo arrives with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez to appear in court on a trial for tax fraud in Madrid, Spain, January 22, 2019.
Cristiano Ronaldo has received a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of tax fraud during his time as a Real Madrid player.
After formally accepting the deal offered by prosecutors, he signed the agreement to pay the fine of almost 19m euros (£16.7m).
Ronaldo had to enter the courtroom through the front door after his request for special security measures to avoid the spotlight was denied on Monday.
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According to the prosecutor's report, Ronaldo "obtained significant income" from image rights between 2011 and 2014 and "should have paid tax in his subsequent declarations" to the Spanish authorities and failed to do so. The Juventus forward arrived in a black van, walked up some stairs leading to the court house and stopped to sign an autograph.
The deal between Spain's taxman and his lawyers has allowed Ronaldo to avoid having to sit through a long trial that could have damaged his image and seen him handed a heftier sentence.
However Ronaldo would not spend a day in prison as sentences of up to two years are generally not enforced in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes.
The tax case does not end Ronaldo's legal dramas, with Las Vegas police asking for a DNA sample after a probe was opened into an alleged rape in 2009. He is accused of defrauding tax authorities of about 2 million euros ($2.3 million) from 2010-12.