Sports 4 Top Footballers Recently Accused of Tax Fraud in Spain


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Recently, big names have been accused of tax fraud in the Spanish La Liga, a development which has raised questions of the sincerity of the players and strength of the Spanish tax system.

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On Tuesday, Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho was also accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012, making the list longer.

Below are big name players recently accused of fraud in Spain:

1. Christiano Ronaldo: First on the list is Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho and shares the same agent as him. The player is accused of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m, by also hiding his income from image rights. He denies the accusations and is threatening to leave Spain. The Portuguese-born star is set to give evidence in his case on 31 July.

2. Lionel Messi: Barcelona and Argentina footballer who has been handed a 21-month jail term. His father Jorge, who manages his finances, was also convicted

3. Javier Mascherano: Barcelona defender - also an Argentine - admitted tax fraud, escaping a jail term with a one-year suspended sentence

4. Neymar: Barcelona and Brazilian star is also facing allegations of corruption and fraud over his transfer to the Spanish club in 2013 - a case which also involves his parents. Prosecutors allege the transfer cost much more than publicly declared, and that millions were concealed from authorities