Samuel Eto’o Football legend facing prison term over alleged tax crimes

According to El Pais Eto’o owes almost £3million in tax from 2006 to 2009 while he was playing for Barcelona.

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Samuel Eto’o play Samuel Eto’o is facing jail term in Spain for tax evasion (AFP)
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African football legend Samuel Eto’o is reportedly facing 10 years in prison over alleged tax crimes in Spain.

Eto’O started his career in Spain with Real Madrid before playing for La Liga sides,  Espanyol, Mallorca and Barcelona.

According to El Pais Eto’o owes almost £3million in tax from 2006 to 2009 while he was playing for Barcelona.

Samuel Eto’o play Samuel Eto’o reportedly evaded tax while playing for Barcelona (Barcelona FC)

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The 35-year-old was said to have avoided paying tax through an illegal image right structure.

Eto’o reportedly ran two companies — Bulte 2002 in Spain and Tradesport in Hungary — where he diverted his image rights to.

The former Cameroon international also did not pay taxes from around £2m he received annually from Puma around that time.

Prosecutors are demanding he be fined around £12m and also a 10-year-prision term.

play The former Cameroon international is facing 10 years in jail

 

Eto’o is the latest player connected to Barcelona to have been accused of tax crimes.

Neymar is currently on trial for avoiding tax for money he received when he signed for Barcelona.

Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud while defender, Javier Mascherano in January, was sentenced to a combined 12-month prison term for two separate tax offences.

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