EX-PREMIER League striker Marcus Bent has gone bankrupt “owing millions” in unpaid tax.
The former Everton star, 40, who earned an estimated £10million from football, was made bankrupt in the High Court after failing to pay HMRC several large tax bills.
Marcus Bent was declared bankrupt by the High court for not paying his taxesA source said the debt ran “into seven figures” and was due to Bent’s involvement in a number of failed tax avoidance schemes.
Official documents show he invested in five film-based schemes. Bent’s two-decade career spanned 16 clubs and two appearances for England Under-21s.
During Bent’s time at Everton and Ipswich Town his wages were said to be around £20,000 a week — more than £1million a year.
In 2016 he was spared jail after admitting he attacked police officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while high on cocaine.
Bare-chested Bent had to be Tasered after charging at officers with the two weapons.
A year later he was fined for possession after getting caught with cocaine at Chessington World of Adventures.
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Bent ended his professional career playing in Indonesia.
In 2017 he signed for non-league side Wick.
The bankruptcy notice was granted on January 2. It confirms that Bent, who lives in Manchester and Surrey, is now retired from playing football professionally.
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