FC Barcelona legend Samuel Eto'o is allegedly facing a prison sentence of up to 10 years, as well as a massive fine of R210 million.
The 35-year-old, who currently plays for Antalyaspor in Turkey, has been accused of tax fraud relating to his time in Spain between 2006 and 2009, according to El Pais.
Spanish prosecutors have reportedly asked that a 10-year prison sentence and a €14 million (R210 million) fine be handed to the retired Cameroon international.
It has been claimed that Eto'o committed tax fraud to the tune of €3.46 million (R52 million) through complicated image rights deals. He allegedly owned two companies, one in Spain and another in Hungary, to avoid paying taxes.
According to El Pais, Eto'o's sentence is so high because he is accused of four cases of tax fraud (€500 000 in 2006, €900 000 in 2007, €1.1 million in 2008 and €900 000 in 2009), and – unlike other players who have been charged similar incidents – he has not returned the money.
Eto'o appeared in court in 2015 and insisted he was badly advised by his former representative and lawyer, Maria Mesalles – a similar excuse Lionel Messi has been using in relation to the tax fraud he and his father have been accused of.
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