Samuel Eto’o: Former striker from Cameroon and Barcelona pleads responsible to three.2 million kilos of tax fraud

Eto’o appeared in courtroom in Ciudad de la Justicia in Barcelona on Monday

Former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has pleaded responsible to three.2 million kilos of tax fraud associated to his picture rights whereas taking part in for Barcelona.

This yr’s four-time African soccer participant was sentenced to 22 months probation when he appeared in courtroom in Spain on Monday.

He should repay the cash he owes, together with a wonderful of 1.55 million kilos.

Prosecutors accused Eto’o of failing to declare income from the switch of picture rights between 2006 and 2009.

Eto’o is the newest in an extended line of international gamers and managers who’ve been charged with tax fraud in Spain in recent times, together with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho and Neymar.

The 41-year-old, now president of the Cameroonian Soccer Federation, went to Barcelona in 2004, aged 23. He additionally performed for Actual Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton throughout his profession, earlier than retiring in 2019.

He appeared in courtroom within the Ciudad de la Justicia in Barcelona along with his former agent Jose Maria Mesalles, who acquired a 12-month suspended sentence and a wonderful.

The courtroom heard that Eto’o transferred his picture rights to an organization based mostly in Hungary that declared his earnings within the nation the place the tax charge is among the “lowest in Europe”.

“I admit the info and I’ll pay what I owe, however let or not it’s identified that I used to be solely a toddler then and that I all the time did as my former agent Jose Maria Mesalles, whom I considered a father, requested me to do at the moment, Eto’o stated in courtroom.

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