The Barcelona defender has been ordered to cough up
Gerard Pique has been ordered by the Spanish Treasury to pay almost £2m in unpaid tax, reports the Mirror. However, the defender has denied any financial wrong-doing and will take the case to court.
According to the Mirror the claim dates back to between 2007-2010, which is problematic given Pique moved to La Liga from Manchester United in 2008.
The 27-year-old claims that a mistake has been made, and is preparing for a court-course, as reported by Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.
The Barcelona defenders’ current case follows a string of tax-scandals involving Spanish footballers with the Spanish government desperate to sniff-out tax evading footballers.
Lionel Messi, Barca team-mate of Pique, has also been involved in a long-running tax-fraud investigation – in October last year the four-time Ballon d’Or winner was ordered to stand trial over a £3.2m tax fraud probe, and could be jailed for six-years.
Most cases in Spain are punished with a fine of up to six times the original amount shunned.