Lionel Messi Must Face Trial on Tax Charges

Soccer NewsA request by the prosecutor to drop the charges filed against Lionel Messi for tax fraud were rejected by a judge in Spain who ordered that the investigation must proceed.

The appeal by Messi against facing a trial for the tax fraud charges was soundly rejected by the court after the presiding judge found that the player on Barcelona should have been aware how Jorge, his father, managed his finances. This means the criminal case must proceed against one of the world’s best soccer players and his father.

Jorge and son Lionel both were in court in Gava a town in Catalan in September of 2013 in a case that tax authorities in Spain maintain payments for image rights made to Messi were channeled through tax havens offshore leading to more than 4.1 million euros of tax evasion from 2007 to 2009.

During that hearing over 12 months ago, the captain of Argentina said he did not handle his own finances, leaving those matters to Jorge his father. The elder Messi told the court he would take the responsibility for the wrongdoing, that his family was misled by financial advisors that had been unscrupulous and was happy to make everything right after accidently having committed any wrong.

Since the news first broke during the 2013 summer, the Messi’s reportedly paid more than 5 million euros to tax authorities to cover the money that was owed for the period 2007 to 2009 including interest.

They are believed to have also paid more than 10 million euros that was due on certain income between 2010 and 2011.

Messi, who is a three-time winner of the Ballon d’Or handed out by FIFA, was awarded the Golden Ball after being voted as the World Cup’s top player this past summer in Brazil.

The hope was this would lead to the dropping of all criminal charges and the prosecutor’s office reportedly supported the appeal by the Messi’s believing their version of what took place.

However, the judge said it was a subjective opinion that the Barcelona player had been on the periphery of the management of his finances even if Jorge was the won in primary control.

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David makes his home in Guatemala and follows the worlds greatest games from there. David contributes on all leagues across the world and had over 25 years experience. He has covered 10 World Cups and will do so again this year in Brazil

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