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Lionel Messi accused of tax fraud

Tax authorities in Barcelona have filed a complaint against Leo Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for alleged fraudulent tax returns of more than €4 million in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The quantity of money involved is said to correspond to earnings from the Argentine player’s image rights for those years.

The complaint, signed by Judge Raquel Amado, has been filed at the courthouse in Gavà (Barcelona), where the Barcelona player lives, according to the Spanish news agency Efe.

According to the prosecution, “in an attempt to avoid paying tax”, parties simulated the transfer of the player’s image rights “to shell companies based in tax havens (Belize, Uruguay) and in addition, signed license, agent and service agreements between these companies and other shell companies based in countries best suited to him (UK, Switzerland).” Continue reading Lionel Messi accused of tax fraud