Football Stars in the Pandora Papers Whirlpool: Guardiola to Ancelotti


Pandora Papers is making a fuss. Not only high-ranking state officials and businessmen, football stars like Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti also dragged.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists or ICIJ has released a report on leaked financial data from 14 shell company agents in tax-free countries. A total of 600 journalists from 150 countries worked on it.

The report reveals high-ranking officials and businessmen with classified assets, as well as those with shell companies in tax havens. Among the many names, there are several football stars.

According to El Pais and La Sexta, Pep Guardiola’s name was dragged into the documents Pandora Papers. Manager Manchester City it reportedly had an account in Andorra until 2012.

Guardiola is claimed not to have reported his checking account to the Spanish Tax Administration, where he was granted a tax amnesty during the reign of Mariano Rajoy.

A source close to Guardiola said Guardiola has an account at Banca Privada d’Andorra, which contains his salary during his career at Al-Ahli.

Then, Guardiola embezzled his profit of 500 thousand Euros, which he got from his tax amnesty. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach then signed up with an investment company in Panama called Repox Investment in 2007-2012, the period he coached Barcelona, ​​to secure his finances.

Besides Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti’s name was also dragged. Trainer Real Madrid it was also involved in tax issues, which were revealed in the Pandora Papers.

Then, several names also appeared. Including the coach Paris Saint Germain, Mauricio Pochettino and PSG winger, Angel Di Maria, former Argentine player Javier Mascherano also claimed to have been dragged into the Pandora Papers.

The number of footballers who were dragged Pandora Papers, reminiscent of a similar report released in 2016, the Panama Papers. At that time, Lionel Messi even Gianni Infantino, the current FIFA president, was swept up in the same scandal.

(then / krs)

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