Football's Tax Troubles - A Selection Of Top Stories

Editorial Staff 4 July 2018

Football's Tax Troubles - A Selection Of Top Stories

The World Cup tournament in Russia has seen exciting games and memorable results. The beautiful game, however, has had its share of tax issues in recent years and this publication has tracked many of them. Here is a selection.

As we continue to celebrate the achievements of the best football players during the World Cup in Russia, a tournament that has seen some of the big-name teams crash out while others arguably exceed expectations, WealthBriefing continues to report on the crackdown by tax authorities across Europe on soccer stars and their financial affairs.

This publication has reported on the tax affairs of footballers, who have been using tax relief schemes, or using their image rights to lower the amount of tax they need to pay. But the UK tax collector HMRC and the Spanish tax authority are looking to stop the schemes, and retrieve the money lost through the footballer’s avoidance. We hope readers find this collection useful and food for thought. We intend to continue developing these themes, and invite readers to contact the editorial team at and

Here is a list of previous articles surrounding the tax affairs of footballers:

World Cup Footballer To Settle With Spanish Tax Authorities

Former Football Stars To Pay HMRC Tax Bill

Global Football Star In Offshore Tax Controversy

HMRC Will Dictate Outcome Of Footballers' Image Rights Battle - Tax Lawyer

Ex-Footballer Accused Of $2.5 Million Spanish Tax Fraud

Footballers Caught Offside By Tax Relief Film Schemes

Croatian Footballer Reportedly Pays Up To Settle Tax Fraud Case

HMRC Reportedly Hits Former England Football International With £1.7 Million Tax Bill

Manchester United Manager Refutes Claims Of Tax Fraud

Tax Advisor Fires Warning After Spanish Court Upholds Sentence On Lionel Messi


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