Spanish Authorities Open Tax Fraud Case Against Real Madrid & Brazil Full-Back Marcelo

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Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid's Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling almost half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see some footballers who are now being investigated for tax fraud, according to ESPN.

Recall that a year ago Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty on three fronts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros from income made from image rights.

It has been alleged that the defender failed to pay tax totalling €490 917.70 (R774 919) in 2013, and could now be facing the same fate as Argentina worldwide Lionel Messi.

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has also been punished for his defrauding of the Spanish government, with his ex-teammate Neymar being ordered to stand trial over tax fraud allegations as well.

Spanish prosecutors had on Tuesday accused the 29-year-old left-back of tax fraud totaling €490,000 (£436,000; $576,000) according to BBC Sports.

Are you surprised that so many stars are under investigation for tax fraud in Spain? Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court in July over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros worth of tax between 2011 and 2014.

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