Real Madrid defender Marcelo accepts 4-month prison sentence for tax fraud

Real Madrid defender Marcelo accepts 4-month prison sentence for tax fraud

- Marcelo will serve a suspended prison sentence of four months as the sentence is under two years

- Madrid's public prosecutor said the alleged irregularities were linked to his image rights

- He joins ex-Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and Alexis Sanchez who were similarly accused of defrauding Spanish tax

Real Madrid defender Marcelo is the latest victim to fall prey to the hands of Spanish authorities over evading tax.

The Brazil international on Tuesday, September 11, agreed a four-month suspended prison sentence and will cough out KSh 87.1 million.

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Real Madrid defender Marcelo accepts 4-month prison sentence for tax fraud

Marcelo and Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrate after Bale scored during their La Liga 2018/19 campaign.

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Earlier, Sun (UK) reported that according to Madrid's public prosecutor, the alleged irregularities were linked to the use of foreign firms to handle the earnings of his image rights.

The public prosecutor alleges that Marcelo had used the structure seeking an "illegal fiscal benefit".

According to El Mundo, Marcelo managed to reduce his fine to about 40 per cent of the original amount he stands accused of defrauding.

It is understood that Marcelo was accused of loaning his image rights to a Uruguayan firm called 'Birsen Trade SA', of which the Brazilian star admitted to.

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However, the Brazilian will not be serving time behind bars because first offenders in Spain do not serve jail terms for offences of two years or less.

The 30-year-old joins ex-Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who was also found guilty of evading tax during his time managing the Spanish League giants.

The Portuguese tactician spent three years at the Santiago Bernabeu and won three titles for Los Blancos during his reign at the club, but failed to remit KSh 371.2 million.

And it is not forgotten the tax woes former teammate and five-time Ballon D'or winner Cristiano Ronaldo underwent while still at Madrid before joining Juventus.

In fact, if it is anything to go by, Ronaldo's decision to hang his boots at the Santiago Bernabeu and head to Italy was heavily influenced by the uncomfortable tax wrangles while at Blancos.

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez was also in a similar predicament while playing for Barcelona and was accused of defrauding Spanish tax by Spanish authorities.

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