Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has warned footballing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo that he could be stripped of his public honours and knighthood by his national country after he was sentenced and fined for committing tax fraud during his stint in Spain with Real Madrid.
The 33-year-old has a slew of honours in his home country, being named the Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry in 2014, while he was also awarded the Grand Cross of the Portugese Order of Merit post their Euro 2016 win.
Rebelo de Sousa has confirmed that the decision rests with the chancellors who will make a final decision.
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Portugal is considering pulling Cristiano Ronaldo's public honours after he was fined millions by Spain for committing tax fraud while at Real Madrid.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo was awarded the Grand Cross of the Portuguese Order of Merit in 2016. pic.twitter.com/SH3a7bDQD9
“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 honour,” Rebelo de Sousa said to AFP, as quoted by Football Espana.
“We should let those with the legal power to decide to do so and see whether the law applies or not in this case.”
However in Madeira where he hails from, there will be no change in his status with leader Miguel Albuquerque claiming that, "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 is the most prestigious Portuguese in the world.”
While no official decision has been made on the above issue as yet, it remains to be seen whether he will be stripped of his national honours as he finds himself in yet another controversy with allegations of rape being levelled against him.