Another Barcelona star involved in tax crimes

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (2ndR) is congratulated by teammate Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) after scoring during the Spanish league football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs FC Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on August 23, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/ ANDER GILLENEA

Reports from Catalonia suggest Spain’s Tax Authorities are launching legal proceedings against Barcelona defender Adriano Correia to reclaim close to €1m in unpaid taxes.

According to Marca, the reason for the case is very similar to the one involving Javier Mascherano, how from image rights income earned in tax haven’t been declared.

The Spanish tax authorities believe that Adriano should have declared the income in Spain, given that it is where he lives and works, and he, therefore, owes the taxman some money.

Just as Mascherano did in an almost identical situation previously, Adriano may consider the possibility of paying the outstanding amount as soon as possible. In doing so, the Barcelona man would avoid a drawn-out and tedious court case.

Authorities are being particularly meticulous with these types of cases. It emerged last week that they were taking legal action against Mascherano and now it is the Brazilian’s turn.