A Spanish court on Friday handed Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho a seven-month prison sentence for two tax crimes in 2011 and in relation to his image rights in 2012 after a deal was struck with prosecutors.
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.
Under Spanish criminal law, any prison prison sentences of under two-years which do not involve violent crime are usually treated as suspended sentences.
The 37-year-old was given a reduced term for his full acknowledgement of the circumstances and his compliance in the investigation whilst repaying the entirety of the €545,981 requested by the magistrate.
He departed to rejoin Mourinho under the pristine spotlights of Real Madrid to add a La Liga title to his name in 2012.
Carvalho won three titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, as well as one title with Real, the Euros with Portugal, plus three titles and the Champions League with Porto.
Now easing into retirement in China, Blues fans will look back fondly at Ricardo Carvalho for his work on the pitch, despite his wrongdoings, playing the Chelsea way with grit and determination.