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Messi Opens Up On Tax Scandal Ordeal, Slams Madrid

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi Opens Up On Tax Scandal Ordeal, Slams Madrid

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 11, 2018 05:45 PM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has opened up on his controversial tax scandal of 2016, and slammed some people associated with Real Madrid for publicly attacking him.

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In July 2016, the Argentina captain was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence for tax fraud, which earned him great criticism from around the world.

Messi has now opened up about how hurt he was by those in Madrid reporting the story, suggesting that he felt there was a smear campaign against him just because of his ties with the Blaugrana.

"I had a difficult year after all the mess with Hacienda (the tax authority)," he told Sport.

"It was tough. I didn't fall into depression, but the way I was attacked, the things they said about me, my family, my dad, my people... It was tough. I felt very victimised, especially by Madrid.

"I was lucky to have the support of my people from Barcelona, Catalonia and the journalists here, and that made me a bit calmer.

"I think that was the order of events. Attack me, hit me, take advantage of my moment of weakness… It happened like that because I knew it was coming from Madrid."

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Messi will be in action for Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup over the course of the next month, with the Albiceleste taking on Iceland in their first game.

Do you think Messi's name was dragged through the mud in Madrid just because he is Barca's main star? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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WTSHIBAMBU Joined: 20 Oct 2010
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WTSHIBAMBU Jun 12, 2018 07:51 AM
I don't what Menzi Is complaining about because he was found built
Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Jun 12, 2018 07:50 AM
Why blaming Madrid for not paying tax? come next month he will blame Madrid and CR7 for not winning world cup
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 11, 2018 08:58 PM
They wanted you out of fcBarcelona GOAT so this direct dominance against Madrid can end all these nonsense of go to other league is plot to stop fcbarcelona against them
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clemz7 Jun 11, 2018 07:18 PM
Tell them King
Lucky13 Joined: 26 Jun 2011
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Lucky13 Jun 11, 2018 06:53 PM
He is not different to those blaming others for their failure .he will Blame madrid if he does not win the world cup .
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Lucky13 Jun 11, 2018 06:44 PM
Messi admit to not paying then he blames Madrid . people should take responsibility for their action. he must blame his father cos he went paying right as his agent.
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Matayitayi Jun 11, 2018 06:22 PM
Madrid -idiots will say whatever they want Messi is the GOAT
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JOMMAK Jun 11, 2018 05:55 PM
We all know that...but don't worry GOAT, those Madrid pigs will never put you down.

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