MADRID - Spain's professional soccer league (LFP) is threatening to strike over a tax hike for top earners, arguing the increase will in future discourage leading players like Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from coming to La Liga.
During a deep economic recession in which almost one in five Spaniards is unemployed, the government's measure will raise taxes for foreigners who arrive from next year and earn more than ß600000 (R6,97million) a year to 43percent from 24percent.
It would amend the so-called "Beckham Law", named after the England midfielder and former Real Madrid player, which was approved in 2002 to make hiring foreign high-earners easier and Spain more attractive to the specially qualified or skilled.
The measure, which will be implemented on January 1 next year, will not affect players already in Spain, such as Real's record signing Ronaldo and Kaka or Barcelona's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi.
LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran told TV channel Telecinco yesterday that the league would meet tomorrow to decide what measures to adopt, with a strike among the options. - Reuters