Altogether, they house a heritage of nearly 18.5 million euros, according to the most recent financial statements. In two cases (Thibaut Courtois and Divock Origi), the company is now struck off the registers. For Nacer Chadli, it has just been put into voluntary liquidation. On the other hand, for the eight remaining Devils, the entities are still in full activity.
From the analysis of the 16 companies owned by the Devils (Yannick Carrasco alone owns four), it emerges that there are several reasons to opt for the Grand Duchy. Some escape there to house their “intellectual property” or “image rights”. De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku or Mirallas have all created their Grand Ducal branch for this purpose. Luxembourg indeed offers an exemption of 80% on intellectual property.
Some created a company there which housed a Belgian building. This is the case of Marouane Fellaini, who declares that his company owns “a building located in Liège”. Le Soir also discovered that the property bought by Romelu Lukaku in 2010, in Wemmel, is housed in a Luxembourg company.
Finally, some Devils have created a holding company, very popular in Luxembourg, from which they manage a series of participations, like Thomas Meunier. He owns in the Grand Duchy, via Mills Society, no less than seven Belgian companies.
Le Soir reports, however, that the Belgian players of the Red Devils team all play in foreign championships. Their tax domicile is therefore no longer Belgium.