Tax authorities of Spain still strict tax arrears for the football star. After Leo Messi, Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho, Diego Costa is the latest person to stand trial on charges of tax evasion. Brazilian-born striker is currently on the payroll after leaving Chelsea Atletico Madrid.
Diego Costa is present in court for the trial on tax evasion
Diego Costa was accused of tax evasion amounting to more than 5 million euros. Prosecutors ask 6 months prison sentence for the player nicknamed "The Beast". However, according to El Mundo of Spain, then Diego Costa has reached an agreement to plead guilty to avoid having to eat in prison.
The agreement involves tax evasion Diego Costa received and repaid the money. Besides, players incur fines 507 208 euros and receive a sentence to pay 100 euros per day within 12 months, a total of 36,000 euros equivalent.
According to the indictment, Diego Costa has evaded tax obligations in Spain in the amount 1,142,888 euros in 2014. The striker has lived 6 months in Spain and according to the law to pay taxes to the treasury. Diego Costa was a pretext to avoid paying taxes in the UK have to pay but can not be accepted. The striker had to refund the money a few months ago.
Before Diego Costa, Leo Messi also had nearly jail for similar offenses
However, the tax authorities of Spain continue to collect arrears of more than 2 million euros which Diego Costa payable in 2013. After the controversy, this amount was reduced to half and the striker should stick 8/8 day prepayment.
According to El Mundo, the Spanish Atletico Madrid Diego Costa request temporary payment of this amount. The Madrid team was not happy about with this but still advances the money to avoid the loss of a striker because "romantic flashed".
This is not the first time a football player at risk in prison for tax evasion. 2017, Messi faces 21 months in prison sentence but then was converted into a fine project. Meanwhile, Ronaldo soon agreed to pay over 18 million euros in tax arrears to avoid falling into the same situation.
With operations rigorous tax arrears from Government of Spain, many stars have not selected landing La Liga as new career by not want to fall into the same situation as this time Diego Costa.