By Adebayo Williams
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez may be in trouble after it was revealed the Chilean attacker evaded taxes worth over €980,000. The former Barcelona man was said to have committed the crime during his days at the Catalan club. The taxes were found to have been from his image rights. The 27-year-old is said to have remitted all the money to a company Numidia Trading which he owned 99% of.
Spanish paper, El Periodico claims that Alexis originally transferred his image rights to another company named Inversiones Alsan, a society based in Chile of which he also holds a 99% stake. Neither company is believed to have a true operational structure.
In 2011, Alexis signed a contract with Barcelona where he declared that he was the sole owner of his image rights. However, prosecutors allege that Numidia is a company that facilitates tax evasion, hence the filing of criminal proceedings. Alexis is not the first player connected to Barcelona to be accused of such a crime, with Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Samuel Eto’o and Adriano also accused of similar indiscretions in recent years.
Meanwhile the player was a part of the victorious Arsenal side that triumphed over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday.