Lionel Messi Tax Evasion: Barcelona footballer’s plea rejected

Lionel Messi Tax Evasion: Barcelona footballer’s plea rejected

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A Spanish court has rejected an appeal lodged
by Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi against his prosecution for alleged
tax evasion. Spain’s public prosecutor argued in June that
Messi’s father Jorge was responsible for the family’s finances and not the four-times World
Player of the Year. A court in Barcelona decided, however, Lionel
Messi could have known about and approved the creation of a web of shell companies that
were allegedly used to evade taxes due on income from image rights. The appeal against that decision has been
rejected, according to court documents published on Friday, the third of October. Messi and his father have been accused of
defrauding the Spanish state of more than 4 million euros. They have denied any wrongdoing.

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