MADRID: A Spanish prosecutor is seeking a prison term of four years and nine months for soccer coach Carlo Ancelotti who is accused of avoiding €1m in tax on image rights revenues while he was at Real Madrid in 2014 and 2015.

The prosecutor said in a statement on Wednesday that although the Italian was a resident in Spain for tax purposes at the time and filed his tax returns there, he had omitted the income earned through his image rights – 4.2 million euros in total. The prosecutor said Ancelotti allegedly committed two tax fraud crimes.

He is the latest star entertainer to fall victim to the tax laws chaos after Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso among other football high flyers.

Ancelotti, who returned as Real Madrid coach in 2021, did not immediately reply to a request for comment made through Real Madrid. His lawyer declined to comment.

The prosecutor accused Ancelotti of pretending to transfer his image rights to entities lacking real activity outside Spain to avoid paying taxes.

Spanish authorities have pursued other celebrities over suspected tax evasion, including players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Diego Costa. All settled and paid large fines.

As well as working for Real Madrid and Everton, Ancelotti has had trophy-laden spells at other European clubs including AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich.

A former player who was capped 26 times for Italy and played in the 1990 World Cup, Ancelotti has won the Champions League four times as a coach, twice with AC Milan and twice with Real Madrid.

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