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Messi faces up to six years in prison and $32 million in fines
31.07.14 15:15
Messi faces up to six years in prison and $32 million in fines

Lionel Messi, the highest paid soccer player in the world, is once again in judicial troubles in Spain due to alleged tax evasion. A court in Spain maintained accusations against the World’s four-time best players for alleged tax evasion, rejecting the prosecutor’s request to have the charges against him withdrawn, according to Spanish press.

If the Argentinian player and his father are convicted, they could face up to six years in prison and be forced to pay fine of up to $32 million.

The F.C Barcelona player and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were indicted last year for evading to pay due taxes by filing false statements between 2006 and 2009.

Spanish prosecutors allege that the 27-year old player owes $5.37 million in unpaid tax to the Spanish state.

Messi and his father, who has assumed full responsibility for the tax situation, made a a “penalty payment” of five million euros to the Spanish authorities last September.

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