Samuel Eto’o: Ex-footballer given suspended prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain


Former Cameroon footballer Samuel Eto’o has been given a suspended prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud.The former Barcelona forward had agreed to a 22-month prison sentence with tax authorities on Tuesday.He was also fined and will repay nearly €4 million in taxes owed during his time with the Spanish club between 2006 and 2009.Prison sentences shorter than two years can be suspended for first-time offences.Eto’o accepted the conviction but has blamed his representative José Maria Mesalles, who was handed a one-year prison sentence.The 41-year-old played for Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, winning two UEFA Champions League titles and three Spanish league trophies.He also represented Real Madrid, Real Mallorca, Inter Milan, and Chelsea in a career spanning 22 years.After retiring in 2019, he took up a position as president of the Cameroonian football federation.