Under the terms of this agreement, Samuel Eto’o, who was playing at FC Barcelona at the time, was sentenced to a fine and 22 months in prison. However, as provided by Spanish law, he will not be imprisoned because this sentence is less than two years and he has no criminal record in Spain.
The amount of the fine that the player will have to pay has not been communicated by the court. But according to the Spanish press, it amounts to around 1.8 million euros.
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Samuel Eto’o and José Maria Mesalles, his ex-representative who for his part was sentenced to 12 months in prison and a fine, will also have to reimburse the Spanish tax authorities for the sum defrauded, i.e. nearly 3.9 million euros. euros. contacted byAFPthe tax authorities declined to comment.
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The prosecution was prosecuting the former football star, who became president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) at the end of 2021, for four offenses against the tax authorities dating back to the years 2006-2009. Eto’o had been playing for FC Barcelona since 2004, with whom he won three Spanish Championships, a King’s Cup, two Spanish Super Cups and two Champions Leagues.
The prosecution assured that the player had set up an assembly of companies in order to avoid declaring part of his income. According to him, Eto’o had assigned his image rights to a company based in Hungary which declared its earnings in this country, where the tax rate is one of the “lowest in Europe”. A second company, Spanish this time, declared them in Spain, but these gains were taxed under corporation tax, lower than the income tax that should have been paid. The Cameroonian “was the real owner of the image rights”, said the prosecution, according to which this transfer was fraudulent and only intended to pay less tax.
Eto’o is the latest footballer to be sentenced in Spain for tax evasion. Before him, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi notably had trouble with the tax authorities and the courts.