Overnight reports suggest that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge, have paid an estimated €5 million as a “corrective payment” to the Spanish tax authorities.
Earlier this year, La Pulga Atomica was hit with a hefty tax rap, and summoned before the court to explain unpaid taxes relating to his image rights.
The money that should have been paid as tax in Spain had been secreted away in off-shore bank accounts, and things did not look good for the Barca goal machine and his dad.
But Messi protested his innocence and remained calm in the face of the tax evasion enquiry.
He has claimed all along that he has never personally been in control of the administration of his vast and growing football fortune.
The 26-year-old with the most celebrated left-foot in professional sports earns an estimated $40 million per year in salaries and endorsements, and so the €5 million back payment he has just will probably go unnoticed from his cheque account.
"I never take care of that stuff myself and neither does my father," Messi said when the story was first emerging.
"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."
The two Messi’s have now seemingly been let off the hook, and he can focus on his exploits for Barca and Argentina without fear of further tax recriminations.