Samuel Eto’o: Former football player sentenced to suspended sentence for tax fraud in Spain

Former Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto’o has been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence in Spain for tax evasion.

On Tuesday, the former Barcelona striker agreed to a 22-month prison sentence.

He has also been fined and has to pay back nearly €4 million in taxes owed during his time at the Spanish club between 2006 and 2009.

Sentences of less than two years’ imprisonment may be suspended for first-time offences.

Eto’o accepted a guilty verdict but blamed his representative, José María Mesales, 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 Championship trophies.

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

After retiring in 2019, he took over as President of the Cameroonian Football Federation.