A Barcelona court condemned Samuel Eto’o, the President of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot), to 22 months in prison with a suspended sentence for tax evasion.
The former Barcelona and Inter Milan player admitted his guilt to the charges brought against him.
According to him, the incident occurred after he was older, and his agent assessed his asset declaration.
The fraud relates to Eto’o failing to declare income derived from the transfer of image rights to Puma and Barcelona in his personal income tax return between 2006 and 2009.
He taxed the image rights through two companies – one in Hungary and one in Spain – so he won’t get to pay huge tax.
My father was the one who looked after me when I was a child. I’m going to pay, but I’ve always followed my father’s instructions.
Mesalles will pay £776,000 and the former Cameroon international will pay an additional sum of £1.56 million in fines.