Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star, is of course a fan for millions of people around the world. But do you know about a case against him?
Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star, and his father, Jorge, are facing a tax fraud case and thus they were ordered to appear in court on the charge of defrauding tax charges of more than €4m.
The public prosecutor of Spain suggested that Messi`s father, Jorge Messi, should be given a jail sentence of 18 months and a fine of more than €2m for defrauding €4.2m in years 2007-2009.
Investigations were taken from Messi to see if he had failed to declare to the tax man any revenue that is made by taking part in series of friendlies in Mexico, Columbia, Peru and Taxes.
But the judge dismissed the case when he heard a testimony from Argentine businessman, Guillermo Javier Marin, who had organized matches and thus Messi and his foundation were cleared of allegations that were related to friendlies played in 2012-2013.
Guillermo Javier Marin said that he never paid to Messi for playing games. However he compensated his presence by paying the bill for his hotel stays and first class flight for Messi and his family.
The court said that “There is no indication of tax fraud or documentation of its possible existence that would support the continuation of the investigation.” Thus Messi is cleared of the case against him but his father may face some issues regarding tax charges case. Till now, it has not been verified and most of the people think that the case has no truth and it is absolutely false.
Since 2000, Lionel Messi has been the resident in Barcelona. In 2005, he got Spanish citizenship. According to Forbes Magazine`s list of the world`s highest-earning athletes, Messi is now on 10th during the past decade having $350m income. Without Messi, Barcelona is incomplete and thus a real motivation for young players.