On June 20, the former footballer will be tried for having, according to Spanish justice, failed to pay his taxes when he played for FC Barcelona. He pleads good faith, the manager of his assets having been condemned.
The boss of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) is accused of not having paid his taxes between 2006 and 2009, for a total representing approximately 3.8 million euros.
And with the penalties, the sum claimed from Samuel Eto’o actually reaches 8 million euros.
The principal concerned, who risks a prison sentence, defends himself from any tax evasion.
According to his lawyer, he is one of the victims of José Maria Mesalles, his Spanish lawyer, to whom he had delegated the power to buy, sell, make transfers, manage his assets and, therefore, to discharge tax obligations.
The former footballer, notably passed by FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, has allegedly entrusted him with everything he earned during part of his Spanish career.
Source: AfrikPage with Jeune Afrique