Messi Tax Trial Set To Begin On May 31

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Lionel Messi and his father’s tax trial is set to begin on May 31 at a court in Barcelona, a regional superior court said today (Wednesday).

Messi and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to declare around £3.2m in taxes related to his image rights between 2007 and 2009 through companies in Belize and Uruguay.

The pair are accused of ceding the player’s image rights to the companies in order to avoid declaring money made from lucrative deals with sponsors in Spain.

Public prosecutors had asked for the case against the Argentine player to be dropped as they considered the alleged fraud was carried out by his father, who has managed his son’s affairs since he was a child.

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