Real Madrid star has been charged with fraud

Real Madrid star in trouble

Another day, another case of fraud among top-level footballers in Spain.

ESPN reports that a Real Madrid star has landed himself in hot water.

Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid left-back Marcelo of defrauding local tax authorities of nearly half a million euros. Prosecutors say the Brazil star defrauded authorities of €490,917.70 ($579,348) in 2013.

They say the irregularities relate to Marcelo’s use of companies abroad to handle earnings from image rights.

Marcelo is far from alone in being accused of a crime like this. 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.

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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.

Best left-back in the world?

Marcelo had a tough task when joining Real Madrid in 2007. The prodigious Brazilian defender was tipped to emulate Roberto Carlos, his legendary compatriot, at the Bernabeu.

Without a doubt, he’s been the World Cup winner’s heir.

In recent seasons, Marcelo’s quality has been fully appreciated by football fans. His role in winning three Champions League titles in four years confirmed his brilliance. He even scored in the 4-1 win over Atletico in 2014.

Now 29, the big aim that Marcelo will have is redeeming himself on the international stage.

He was a part of the infamous Brazil side that lost 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte in 2014. Russia could be the setting for his biggest achievement yet. Under Tite, Brazil are confident.