Register Login Scores

International

Messi Stands Accused Of Fraud

Lionel Messi may face jail time and a fine if he is found guilty of defrauding the state of millions of Dollars.

Messi and his father Jorge are alleged to have filed fraudulent tax returns for four years from 2006 to 2009.

The total stands at $5.3 million. The fraud is said to have started before he came of age, which is why his father, who managed his finances, is involved in the case.

“The initiative to commit fraud came from his father,” said tax authorities, according to a Spanish news agency.

A complex network of companies based in Britain, Switzerland, Belize and Uruguay were allegedly used to keep his income out of the sight of tax authorities.

If he is found guilty, the fine for crimes like this is generally six time the amount defrauded, which is roughly $30 million. Messi earns $21.3 million per year in wages, and a similar amount in endorsements, meaning that his fine would be covered by less than what he earns in one year.

There could also be a jail sentence of between two and six years, depending on the outcome of the trial (if it goes to court).

The world’s greatest football player released a statement on his Facebook page saying, “We have just known through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities. We are surprised about the news, because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants, who will take care of clarifying this situation.”

Messi scored a hat-trick on Friday in Argentina’s 4-0 thrashing of Guatemala and seems unfazed by the allegations surrounding him.

Should Messi Be Highest Paid Player In The World ?

Messi Off The Hook In Tax Evasion Trial

Messi's Tax D-Day

15 comments

Top 5

Khune In Bafana's 26-man Squad For Ghana & Sudan

248 Mar 04, 2021 12:02 PM in Bafana

Pirates’ First CAF Group Match Venue Confirmed   

7 Mar 04, 2021 08:57 AM in Orlando Pirates

Gallery: Shocking State Of Iconic International Stadiums

7 Feb 28, 2021 05:28 PM in World News

Swallows Take Decision On Chiefs Target

71 Mar 04, 2021 12:53 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

12 Players Who Snubbed Europe For Africa

5 Mar 04, 2021 07:28 PM in African Football

Swallows Take Decision On Chiefs Target

71 Mar 04, 2021 12:53 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Man Of The Hour – Peep Makaringe’s German Ride Flexes

1 Mar 03, 2021 12:13 PM in Stars & Their Cars

'Killer' Mphela's Chiefs Dream Starting XI

24 Mar 05, 2021 11:03 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Money Matters – The Most Economic Rides In The PSL

Mar 03, 2021 02:57 PM in Stars & Their Cars

20 Players Who Left Downs To Play Abroad

8 Mar 04, 2021 08:00 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Big Name PSL Players With Contracts Expiring

31 Mar 04, 2021 07:21 AM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Ivorian Striker To Force Exit, Pirates Move Pending?

18 Mar 04, 2021 10:23 AM in Orlando Pirates