By John Smith • 26 November 2016 • 16:36
SPANISH tax authorities continue to make accusations against current or former Barcelona players for tax evasion and the latest to return under the microscope is much travelled and fantastically successful Cameroonian player Samuel Eto’o.
Prosecutors have settled on demanding two year sentences on both Lionel Messi and Neymar, knowing that in accordance with tradition, they will spend no time in jail but in the case of the African who is currently playing in Turkey they are demanding a 10 year sentence and a €14 million fine.
The basis of their argument is that he set up companies in Hungary and Spain in which he ‘hid’ much of the income he received upon joining Barcelona and the basis of the charges which have been announced not only assume that he did not pay tax on €4 million after joining the Catalan club in 2006 but want to penalise him heavily for undertaking the alleged evasion.
In the case of both Messi and Neymar they are currently resident in Spain and playing for Barcelona but if this case does go to court, it remains to be seen whether the Cameroonian will actually attend to defend his position.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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