Samuel Eto'o The Latest Player To Be Involved In Barca Tax Scandal
Samuel Eto'o is the latest player to be involved in the Barcelona tax evasion scandal, as per recent reports.
Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Javier Mascherano have all been penalised as a result of not paying tax and now former striker Samuel Eto'o has been brought into the scandal.
The Cameroon international, who currently plays in Turkey with Antalyaspor, is adjudged to to have not paid 3.5 million euros (roughly £3m) during a three year window with Barcelona between 2006 and 2009.
According to El Pais in Spain, Eto'o defrauded the treasury out of the following payments: 500,000 euros in 2006, 900,000 euros in 2007, 1.1 million euros in 2008 and 900,000 euros in 2009.
The payments are in relation to the former Chelsea and Everton striker's image rights, with his earnings from the commercial exploitation of his image rights not declared as income tax, which reportedly prevented him from paying the maximum rate (45%).
Eto'o has played down his responsibility and has deemed that the issues come down to the "misleading" advice he was given by his lawyer and representative Josep Maria Mesalles.
If the prosecution is successful, prosecutors are demanding that Eto'o is given a 10-and-a-half year prison sentence and a massive fine of 14 million euros, which equates to around £12 million.
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