Legendary African striker Samuel Eto’o faces a legal battle with Spanish prosecutors for alleged tax crimes committed during his time at La Liga giants Barcelona.
According to court documents released , the prosecutors want the four-time African Football of the Year sentenced to 10 years and six months, in addition to paying a fine of $15.1 million for the four counts of tax fraud that supposedly defrauded Spain’s tax authority of almost $4 million from 2006-09.
The prosecutors also want the player’s agent at the time, Jose Maria Mesalles Mata, to receive the same punishment, while the administrator of a company that facilitated the deals, Manuel de Jesus Lastre Abreu, faces more than six years in prison and a fine of $2.3 million.
Eto’o and his lawyers are yet to respond to the current charges, but the Cameroonian had in the past denied any wrong doing, saying he was not directly involved in his tax matters.
Already the Spanish prosecutors have convicted Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Javier Mascherano of tax issues.