The Cameroonian superstar, who has played for the likes of Real Madrid, Mallorca and Barcelona during his career, is now facing jail in Spain for tax fraud.
It’s been reported in El Pais that 35-year-old Eto’o, who now plies his trade for Antalyaspor, is facing 10 years in jail plus an fine of 14 million euros.
Eto’o’s tax fraud allegations relate to his time in Spain form 2006 to 2009, when he was on the books at the Camp Nou.
Details of the accusation
El Pais reveal how Eto’o is charged with defrauding the Spanish treasury of almost 3.5 million euros.
It’s believed Eto’o managed to get around paying tax in Spain through a complicated, an illegal, structure for his image rights.
Eto’o is said to have run two companies, one in Spain (Bulte 2002) and one in Hungary (Tradesport), which allowed him to transfer his image rights and avoid paying the taxman.
Indeed, Eto’o stands accused of pocketing huge money from Puma without paying tax due this image rights structure.
Puma are thought to have paid Eto’o between 1.5 and 3 million euros a season.