Another Real Madrid player, James Rodriguez, has been found guilty of evading tax in Spain.
Authorities have asked the Colombian star to pay over £10 million. Rodriguez, who is on a two-year loan at Bayern Munich, becomes the latest Madrid player, after Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric, and a former manager Jose Mourinho, to be accused of fraud.
According to Spanish news outlet El Mundo, Rodiguez , presented his tax return for 2014 – the year in which he joined Madrid – as a non-resident of Spain.The Spanish Tax Agency considers the Colombian international as having become economically active in the country in 2014 and found he should have paid an extra £5.6 million in tax. Some £4.36 million of the unpaid tax stems from Rodriguez selling his image rights to Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes in December 2014. El Mundo also goes on to state that the two-time Champions League winner made the sale in Casablanca, Morocco – where Madrid were playing in the Fifa Club World Cup. The sale was made with Rodriguez listed as a non-resident in Spain, meaning he avoided the full amount of tax that would have been required of a Spanish resident. Officials point to Rodriguez living in Spain for 183 days in 2014 and his finances being based in the country as legal proof he should have been registered as a Spanish resident. This has led to the amount payable by the former Monaco and Porto ace rise to £10.3 million through added sanctions and interest.