Atletico’s star Diego Costa has been alleged to have avoided tax payments after he paid not more than £900,000 from the money he earned from image rights, Daily Mail reports. The former Chelsea star could still escape jail time as the law in Spain allows a judge suspend prison sentences of 2 years and below. It was alleged that Costa did not pay more than £900,000 from money earned by image rights.


The case is expected to be heard in court on Thursday, June 4, but his representatives have declined the suggestion with several football stars have faced the same issue of tax fraud in Spain including Messi.

In 2016, the Barcelona star was sentenced to 21 months in prison after £3.5m tax avoidance over three years, but he did not step into the prison doors. He was accused guilty of breaching 3 tax offences, which total around £3.5million in the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Messi was not only involved as his father Jorge was also given a 21-month sentence, but it has been reduced to 15. Jorge Messi was originally ordered to pay a fine of £1.3 million, but that has been reduced to £1.1 million by the law court.

Lionel Messi’s team-mates, Neymar and Javier have also been accused of tax fraud, with the former ordered to stand trial.

According to ESPN, Frank Lampard is planning to rebuild his team and will now do anything possible to raise funds, if the reports emerge as revealed not minding selling a number of first team players.

It was reported that the technical team will not allow N’Golo Kante move to Real Madrid and will also stop Jorginho’s potential move to Italian giants Juventus.

Remember that the Blues were handed a transfer ban last summer and were not able to sign any player.

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