Real Madrid star pleads guilty to tax fraud

Real Madrid’s Marcelo admits tax fraud

According to Spanish paper AS on Tuesday, Real Madrid star Marcelo has pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges.

Marcelo was in court on Tuesday in the Spanish capital to attend his judicial hearing.

It’s reported the session lasted 10 minutes in court. AS further report:

Real Madrid footballer Marcelo Vieira has agreed to pay just under 500,000 euros to Spain’s inland revenue after admitting to tax fraud at a Madrid court on Tuesday.

The offence relates to unpaid income tax with respect to his image rights.

Spanish football & tax fraud

Marcelo is far from alone in having tax fraud problems in Spain.

It’s become quite common to hear about players – and some managers like Jose Mourinho – facing accusations of fraud after a spell in the Spanish top flight.

Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty of defrauding authorities out of more than €4 million. The Barcelona ace was given a suspended jail sentence. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently going through his own tax trial.

Other players facing similar accusations include Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao. Four out of the five players are, or once were, represented by Jorge Mendes.

Cristiano Ronaldo v Valencia

Real Madrid collected three points in La Liga last weekend beating Malaga 3-2.

Barcelona dropped two points as the drew 1-1 away at Valencia.

Yet, Spanish TV have highlighted that Cristiano Ronaldo is still have trouble in front of goal.

Ronaldo scored the winner for Madrid when he converted a rebound after his spot kick was saved.

But has Cristiano rediscovered his scoring touch? While he’s on fire in the Champions League, he’s not translating that form in La Liga.

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