The former FC Barcelona player, Samuel Eto'o, and his former representative José María Mesalles have accepted this Monday the sentences of 22 months and one year in prison, respectively, after acknowledging having defrauded three million 872 thousand 621 euros to the Public Treasury, between 2006 and 2009.
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In his statement in the Criminal Court number 11 of Barcelona, Eto'o has admitted the fraud but has blamed it, without citing him directly, to Mesalles, whom he has always defined as "a second father"
In fact, the former Cameroonian soccer player filed a lawsuit against his former representative for alleged crimes of fraud and misappropriation in the management of his assets, a matter that is still in the investigation phase.
"I recognize the facts and I am going to pay, but let it be known that I was a child then and that I always did what my father asked me to do," said Samuel Eto'o.
When did it happen?
The events that have been tried today in the City of Justice occurred between 2006 and 2009, years in which Samuel Eto'o obtained significant income from the transfer of his image rights to the sports brand Puma and FC Barcelona, that should have been taxed as income from movable capital in their personal income tax returns, but that the footballer did not declare.