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5 players you didn't know were accused of tax fraud

Harsh Biyani
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#4 Samuel Eto'o

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Eto'o could face up to 10.6 years prison time if proved guilty

The former Barcelona player could face more than 10 years of prison time for alleged tax crimes which he committed while in Spain.

Spanish court documents have revealed that an investigation is going on for four counts of tax fraud which accounts for nearly $4m between 2006-2009.

In addition to the jail time, the prosecutors are also demanding that the player should pay a fine of $15.1m for the four tax evasion cases. They are also demanding that Eto's agent, during that time, Josep Maria Mesalles, receive the same punishment.

Eto’o is charged with getting around tax through a complicated and illegal image rights structure. The player ran two companies in the name of Bulte 2002 in Spain and Tradesport in Hungry, and the two this allowed him to transfer his rights without having to pay taxes.

The player failed to declare his sponsorship revenue, while he also received around £2m a year from Puma. The final outcome of this case is still not known.

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