Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

The Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, one of the richest athletes in the world, as well as his father are due to stand trial on tax fraud charges in Spain.

Messi and his father allegedly defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of over 4 million Euros by using offshore companies in Belize and Urugay between 2007 and 2009.

Both Messi and his father made a voluntary 5 million Euros “corrective payment” to the Spanish tax authorites in August 2013.

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