Marcelo’s lawyers looking into tax fraud allegations
Brazilian defender Marcelo has confirmed that his lawyers are looking into allegations against him of tax fraud.
Prosecutors allege that the Real Madrid star defrauded local tax authorities of over €490,000 in 2013 with offshore companies handling the money earned from his image rights.
"My lawyers are looking into the matter," he explained in his post match interview after Madrid's 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the Champions League.
Real Madrid's defender from Brazil Marcelo controls the ball during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 20, 2017Getty Images
"I hope they will find a resolution and that the matter will be sorted as soon as possible.”
Marcelo is the latest of a number of players in Spain who have been investigated.
In 2016, Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty on three fronts of defrauding tax authorities of €4.1 million from image rights.
Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Real Madrid CF vs Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 17, 2017.Getty Images