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Messi Calm On Tax Rap

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says he is calm about the tax-evasion charges he has been levelled with.

Messi and his father are accused of secreting away money that they should have paid to the Spanish taxman.

The charges relate to allegedly false tax returns for the years 2006 to 2009, and for money Messi had earned via his image rights deal with Barca.

Details of the prosecutor’s case have emerged, highlighting the intricate maze in which the stash of cash has been horded, in the guise of shell companies in Uruguay, Belize, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

But Messi denies wilfully ducking his tax responsibilities, and insists that the people he pays to care of his money will ensure that he is absolved of any guilt.

"I am very calm," Messi said, according to Reuters.

"I never take care of that stuff myself and neither does my father.

"We have our lawyers and our wealth managers to take care of that and we trust them and they will sort this out.

"The truth is that I don't have a clue about all this and that is why we have people taking care of it."

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