Alexis Sanchez given 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud
Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month prison sentence for committing tax fraud during his time at Barcelona, although he will not spend time in jail.
The prosecution claimed that Sanchez avoiding paying any tax by “simulating” the transfer of his rights to an off-shore shell company in Malta called ‘Numidia’. He owned 99% of the shares in Numidia.
However, Alexis is not a lone shark in the football world for defrauding whilst applying his trade in Spain. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Ricardo Carvalho have all been pursued by the authorities recently.
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Alexis joined La Liga giants Barcelona from Udinese in 2011 and spent three years at Camp Nou, winning a league title as well as the Club World Cup under Pep Guardiola.
In 2014, Alexis left Barcelona for Arsenal where he became fed up with mediocrity and forced a move from the Emirates last month. Mourinho saw the opportunity to bring another world-class to Old Trafford in attempt to bolster his attack and the United manager was successful, much to Manchester City’s displeasure.But the prosecution claimed that Sanchez avoiding paying any tax by “simulating” the transfer of his rights to an off-shore shell company in Malta called ‘Numidia’. Alexis Sanchez owned 99% of the shares in Numidia.
That said, United are currently 13 points behind Premier League leaders City. The Reds face Newcastle United on Sunday.