took to Facebook on Wednesday to respond to allegations that he and his father
sold his image rights to companies based in tax havens in an attempt to
dodge paying Spanish taxes. “We have never committed any infringement,” the statement said. “We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advices of our tax
consultants who will take care of clarifying this situation."
Nevertheless, prosecutor Raquel Amado
on Wednesday signed a complaint in the Gava court district where Messi
lives. If a judge accepts the complaint, the Barcelona star and his father will be charged with tax fraud. The accusation is that with the help of companies based in tax havens like Belize and
Uruguay, Messi and his father avoided paying more than $5 million in tax from the sale of his image rights to companies in those countries. If convicted, the Argentina international could face up to
six years in jail and a large fine, according to Spain’s EFE news agency.
Current and former Barca presidents have defended Messi and his father. Former president Joan Laporta told
Cope radio, "I am convinced that neither Leo
nor his father have committed any infraction." Current president Sandro Rosell
they were innocent.
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