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Carlo Ancelotti, Samuel Eto'o and Dani Alves named as tax cheats by Spanish authorities

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Carlo Ancelotti, Samuel Eto’o and Dani Alves named as tax cheats by Spanish authorities and owe combined £3.7m while Neymar is cleared from blacklist

  • The Spanish tax authorities have released their annual list of defaulters  
  • Last year Neymar topped the list when a £29million debt from his Barca days
  • The Brazilian does not feature in 2021 but three football stars owe £3.7m total


Three football stars have the Spanish tax authorities on their case, with Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti and Barcelona legends Dani Alves and Samuel Eto’o owing vast sums.

Spain’s annual list of defaulters withholding more than €600,000 (£505,000) of government money includes 7,277 taxpayers, who are a collective £15bn in debt to the nation.  

Neymar’s £29m in unpaid tax was the largest personal debt on last year’s list but the Brazilian is absent in 2021. Spanish authorities have made an example of footballers before, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fined and handed suspended prison sentences for their schemes.

Carlo Ancelotti owes more than a million pounds to the Spanish Government in unpaid tax

Carlo Ancelotti owes more than a million pounds to the Spanish Government in unpaid tax

Barcelona start Dani Alves is the worst-offending footballer on Spain's list of defaulters

Barcelona start Dani Alves is the worst-offending footballer on Spain’s list of defaulters 

Dani Alves is the game’s worst offending defaulter in Spain, with an outstanding £1.7m to pay. The 38-year-old right-back returned to Barcelona this season on a free transfer after spending eight years playing in a golden Nou Camp generation. 

Alves also appeared in 2016 with a £1m bill to pay, while the Real Madrid manager makes it back-to-back years on the blacklist. 

Carlo Ancelotti owes £1.2m, having been accused of tax fraud during his first stint at the Bernabeu in 2014-15 by Spanish prosecutors.

Samuel Eto'o is the new president of Cameroon's football federation but has been named

Samuel Eto’o is the new president of Cameroon’s football federation but has been named 

The former striker was accused of failing to report earning on image rights when at Barcelona

The former striker was accused of failing to report earning on image rights when at Barcelona

Eto’o, who played for Barca between 2006 and 2009, was facing the threat of a lengthly stint behind bars when allegations he failed to report sponsorship earnings surfaced. 

The former striker and four-time African Player of the Year owes £827,000 to the Spanish tax office. 

Eto’o was named the new president of Cameroon’s football federation earlier this month after a vote, with the former Barca, Real, Chelsea and Inter Milan star calling the achievement: ‘One of the proudest moments of my life.’ 

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