Sports · June 23, 2022

Samuel Eto’o: the former footballer was sentenced to imprisonment with suspended sentence for tax fraud in Spain

Former Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto’o was sentenced in Spain with a suspended prison sentence for tax fraud.

On Tuesday, the former Barcelona forward agreed on a 22-month prison sentence with the tax authorities.

He was also fined and will refund nearly € 4 million in taxes due during his time with the Spanish club between 2006 and 2009.

Prison sentences of less than two years can be suspended for first-time offenses.

Eto’o accepted the sentence, but blamed his representative José Maria Mesalles, who was sentenced to one year in prison.

The 41-year-old played for Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, winning two UEFA Champions League titles and three Spanish league trophies.

He has also represented Real Madrid, Real Mallorca, Inter Milan and Chelsea in a career spanning 22 years.

After retiring in 2019, he assumed the post of president of the Cameroonian football federation.