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EL TAXICO

Real Madrid have taken Barcelona’s crown as the new kings of tax dodging

Luka Modric and Marcelo are the latest players to caught up in tax avoidance scandals

More like El Taxico, am I right?

Barcelona may have an eight-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga but they’ve been usurped by their rivals in another field — tax avoidance.

“How much have you got stashed under your mattress?”

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“How much have you got stashed under your mattress?”

Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Neymar were all made to pay hefty fines relating to tax offences while they were Nou Camp residents.

And these revelations sparked a new strand of trolling between fans of the two clubs online but it seems Real Madrid are not a squeaky clean as they would have you believe.

Yesterday, Marcelo accepted tax fraud charges and agreed to pay just under €500,000 to the Spain’s Inland Revenue.

The Brazilian left-back had created a corporate structure to conceal image rights income between 2011 and 2013.

The Spanish authorities have investigated Marcelos use of image rights

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Marcelo was spared a suspended prison sentence

Now Luka Modric is in similar trouble, facing two crimes relating to Personal Income Tax for 2013 and 2014.

Marca claim Real Madrid’s playmaker owes the Spanish government over €870,000.

The fraud could be even greater, given that the National Fraud Investigation Office (ONIF) has detected the possible existence of player finances on the Isle of Man.

Modric may have to make a considerable payment to the government

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Modric may have to make a considerable payment to the government

Earlier this year, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court to face allegations he evaded €14.7million in tax.

The Portuguese superstar has always denied the allegations.