Gareth Bale has reportedly been fined nearly £300,000 by the Spanish authorities for using a UK company to avoid paying tax on his image rights earnings.
El Mundo claim the Spanish Tax Agency are demanding Bale coughs up £297,704 for defrauding taxes.
The Spanish Treasury believe Bale should have paid for his commercial income in 2013, the year he signed for Real Madrid.
It is claimed Bale failed to pay the £176,679 levy, was fined another 88k, while another £32k in interest has been racked up.
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The Spanish newspaper report that Bale has been notified of the fine and has already appealed.
Bale used London-based Primesure Limited to receive commercial income in 2013, according to the investigation.
Despite not considering Bale as a tax resident in Spain for 2013, the Treasury believes the commercial income the Welshman earned while playing for Real Madrid that year should have been subject to the 19 per cent tax.
Bale’s commercial income was instead paid into Primesure Limited in the UK and not in Spain.
Unlike other footballers in trouble with the Spanish tax authorities, Bale’s case is not being considered as a fiscal crime.
Several Real Madrid players have had problems with the Spanish tax authorities in recent months including Luka Modric and Marcelo.