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Real Madrid defender Marcelo accused of tax fraud by Spanish Prosecutors

Real Madrid and Brazil defender Marcelo has been accused of tax fraud of nearly half a million euros by Spanish prosecutors.

football Updated: Oct 17, 2017 23:40 IST
Agence France-Presse
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Agence France-Presse, Madrid
Marcelo,Real Madrid C.F.,Fluminense
Marcelo joined Real Madrid in 2007 from Brazilian club Fluminense.(AFP)

Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

According to court documents, Marcelo earned 1,168,764 euros from his image rights in 2013, which were ceded to a Uruguayan company but should have been declared to the Spanish authorities.

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Marcelo is just the latest in a series of star players based in Spain to be accused of tax fraud on income related to image rights in the past few years.

Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court in July over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros worth of tax between 2011 and 2014.

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano received 21-month and one-year suspended sentences respectively after being found guilty of tax fraud over their image rights in 2016.

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However, five-time World Player of the Year Messi’s sentence was later replaced by a 252,000 euro fine.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 23:36 IST