Bayern Midfielder Rodriguez To Pay $13.6m For Evading Taxes

  Spain’s taxman wants Bayern Munich’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez to pay 11.65 million euros ($13.64m) for evading taxes when he played at Real Madrid, … Continue reading Bayern Midfielder Rodriguez To Pay $13.6m For Evading Taxes


James Rodriguez Wary Of Real Madrid's Champions League 'Chip'
Bayern Munich’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez gestures during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between FC Bayern Munich and Sevilla FC on April 11, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. Bayern Munich marched into another Champions League semi-final despite 10-man Sevilla holding them to a goalless draw at home. Christof STACHE / AFP
James Rodriguez Wary Of Real Madrid's Champions League 'Chip'
Bayern Munich’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez gestures during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between FC Bayern Munich and Sevilla FC in Munich, southern Germany.  Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Spain’s taxman wants Bayern Munich’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez to pay 11.65 million euros ($13.64m) for evading taxes when he played at Real Madrid, the El Mundo daily reported Thursday.

James, who moved to Bayern Munich last year, is accused of having evaded 6.35 million euros in taxes, mainly linked to his image rights, and would have to pay that amount plus a fine and interests for a total of 11.65 million euros, it reported.

Citing sources close to the case, the daily said James was transferred to Real Madrid from Monaco for 80 million euros mid-2014, but that year he registered as a non-resident.

Tax authorities, though, reportedly believe he should have registered as a resident, which means he should settle the difference, or 6.35 million euros, related to his salary and the sale of image rights.

Spain’s tax authorities refused to comment when contacted by AFP.

The 27-year-old, who won the Golden Boot for the top goal scorer in the 2014 World Cup, joins a long list of other players who have got on the wrong side of Spain’s taxman.

Some have reached deals, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently moved to Juventus from Real Madrid and accepted to pay 18.8 million euros and a two-year jail sentence he won’t have to serve.

FC Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi, though, went to court where he was fined 2.1 million euros for tax fraud and given 21 months in jail, which was subsequently converted into another fine.

AFP