Marcelo to pay massive fine in tax fraud case

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has become the latest in the ever-expanding line of players and coaches forced to pay a hefty fine for tax fraud. He will now be forced to pay a 753,624 euro (873,944.59 dollars) fine in order to settle his case with the Provincial Prosecutor's Office in Madrid.

The 30-year-old was initially accused back in October of last year. The prosecution said that the full-back had evaded paying the Spanish government for certain image rights. If this sounds familiar, this is the same charge that befell Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, and José Mourinho over the past few years as well. In fact, Mourinho recently paid 2 million euros (2.3 million dollars) and was also given a one-year suspended sentence.

That is to say that Marcelo's fine, while exceptionally high, is not nearly as catastrophic as others.

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