Spanish tax authorities say ex-Barca star owes nearly €1 million

Cameroon legend and former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o owes close to one million euros in taxes from his time in Spain.

The Spain authorities revealed on Monday that Eto’o is listed as owing €981,598.19 to the Spanish tax office.

The 40-year-old, who earlier this month was elected president of the Cameroon Football Federation, appeared on a list published by the Spanish tax office of people and companies that owe over €600,000 ($678,000).

The four-time African player of the year had stints at different Spanish clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, before retiring from football in 2019.

According to reports, Spanish public prosecutors in 2016 accused Eto’o of conspiring to evade €3.9 million in taxes owed on income from his image rights when he was playing for Barcelona.

Spain has cracked down on footballers for not paying their fair share in taxes in recent years, including Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

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