Falcao faces tax prosecution in Spain

Photo: Facebook AS Monaco
Photo: Facebook AS Monaco

One of AS Monaco’s star players, Radamel Falcao, is facing a court case in Spain after prosecutors applied for a judge to charge him with defrauding the Spanish tax authority of almost $6.1 million from 2012-13.

Prosecutors have accused Falcao of evading taxes after signing for Atletico Madrid in 2011. The striker stayed for two seasons before joining Monaco in 2013. Loaned to Manchester United and Chelsea, the Colombian strikes failed to find his form and was dogged by injuries. However, since returning to Monaco for the current season, he has rediscovered his panache and has been one of the team’s top scorers.

Spanish prosecutors have also accused Real Madrid’s Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao of trying to defraud tax authorities of almost $1.4 million in 2011. Lionel Messi of Barcelona and his father were sentenced last year to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. They did not serve jail time because sentences of less than two years for first offences are usually suspended in Spain.