Diego Costa suspected of tax fraud | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 18, 2019

Diego Costa suspected of tax fraud

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is the latest star to fall foul of the Spanish authorities for possible non-payment of taxes on image rights, a Spanish newspaper reported on Wednesday.

"The tax administration accuses the Atletico striker of fraud totalling 1.1 million euros related to taxes related to his image rights in 2014," daily newspaper El Mundo reported.

Contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the tax office refused to comment saying he could not comment on "specific taxpayer files".

Two football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have already paid substantial fines in Spain for the same offence. A third star, Neymar, is reportedly being investigated in Spain over his taxes.

The tax office suspects the 30-year-old Costa "concealed income" from a sponsorship deal he signed with Adidas shortly before he joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014. Costa, who has both Brazilian and Spanish citizenship, returned to Atletico in 2018.

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