Messis accused of tax fraud
13 June 2013, 13:04
Madrid - Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi and his father have
been accused by Spanish tax authorities of defrauding the state of more
than €4 million.
The World Player of the Year and his father
Jorge allegedly filed fraudulent tax returns for the years 2006, 2007,
2008 and 2009, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor's office for
tax crimes in Catalonia.
A Barca spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
who will be 26 this month, is one of the world's highest-paid athletes
with a salary of just over $20 million a season, according to Forbes
On top of his Barca wages, he pulls in around $21
million in endorsements from sponsors including Adidas, PepsiCo and
P&G and he is 10th on Forbes' latest list of top-earning athletes.
came on for the final half-hour of Argentina's World Cup 2014 qualifier
against Ecuador in Quito on Tuesday which ended in a 1-1 draw.
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