Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has paid back €1.6 million in taxes after it was found that he owed money to the Treasury for his image rights.
The Spanish captain, who was instrumental in Madrid’s winning of their tenth Champions League last season, paid the money to settle a debt with Spanish authorities, and paid the money as a “Fiscal settlement for his image rights,” an unnamed source close to the player’s representative quoted by AFP.
The representative went on to say that, “It was a settlement owing to discrepancies in how the norms were applied. There has not been any problem with the Treasury and it was possible for a settlement to be reached.”
The source added that Casillas and his company Ikerca, “Are up to date with their fiscal obligations.”
This is not the first time Spanish La Liga players have been involved in tax disputes, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father appearing in court last September to answer a charge of tax evasion, which ended with him paying €5million to the Treasury.
Ex-Atletico Madrid striker David Villa and Casillas’ Madrid teammate Xabi Alonso have also been audited in what appears to be a closer eye kept on footballer’s financial dealings by the Spanish authorities.
Casillas is set to try and retain the World Cup title this summer, with la Roja’s campaign in Brazil kicking off against Holland on Saturday.