https://t.co/V94fv9LxgV pic.twitter.com/38YiEEExXe — The Field (@thefield_in) November 29, 2017Modric, 32, joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of £30m ($40m) in 2012. He is just the latest in a series of star players based in Spain to be accused of tax fraud on income related to image rights in the past few years. On Tuesday, Real left-back Marcelo admitted to a 490,917 euro tax fraud via his image rights in 2013.
As part of Marcelo's agreement with the authorities, the Brazilian is expected to be handed a four-month suspended sentence and a fine worth 40% of the defrauded amount. Real's all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court in July over accusations he evaded 14.7m euros worth of tax between 2011 and 2014. Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano received 21-month and one-year suspended sentences respectively after being found guilty of tax fraud over their image rights in 2016. However, five-time World Player of the Year Messi's sentence was later replaced by a 252,000 euro fine.
Another footballer in Spain accused of tax fraud. This time it's Luka Modric!https://t.co/Eb4BKWmdID— Sport360° (@Sport360) November 29, 2017