EFEBarcelona, Spain

Former Barcelona player Samuel Eto'o on Monday accepted a suspended 22-month-prison sentence having admitted to defrauding 3,872,621 euros from Spanish tax authorities between 2006 and 2009.

The Cameroonian’s former agent Jose María Mesalles was also handed a suspended one-year prison sentence on the same charges.

Eto'o blamed the tax evasion on Mesalles, whom he has always referred as ‘a second father’ although he did not mention him explicitly.