Samuel Eto’o handed suspended jail sentence for tax evasion while at Barcelona

Samuel Eto’o has accepted a suspended 22-month jail sentence and a fine of just over €1.8m for tax evasion, though insisted he was manipulated by his former agent.

The Cameroonian was found to have not declared income which came from the transfer of his image rights to sponsor Puma and Barcelona, his club at the time, in his personal income tax returns between 2006 and 2009. A Spanish court ruled he had illegally taxed his image rights through two companies so that he did not have to pay as much.

Eto’o has agreed to pay his fine but alleged that his ex-agent, Jose Maria Mesalles, misled…

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