Spanish media reported on Monday that Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, was arrested at the airport trying to travel with €55,000 cash in her hand luggage.
Europa Press reports say that Ms Aveiro was in the Barajas airport in Madrid in April when a routine search found out how much money she was carrying. The maximum amount of cash a person is permitted to carry on an aeroplane when leaving Spain is €10,000, leading to the mother of the three-time Ballon d’Or winner being detained when it was revealed she had over five times the legal limit.
The press agency reports that she could not justify the amount of money she was carrying, so the police confiscated €45,000 and allowed her to travel to Portugal with the remaining money.
In carrying so much, Aveiro committed an administrative offence and now must pay a fine to the tax authorities in order to free up the remainder of her money.