Lionel Messi’s Tax Fraud Trial Begins

Barcelona’s talisman Lionel Messi will appear in court on Thursday on allegations of tax fraud. The five-time World player of the year alongside his father, Jorge, are accused of defrauding Spain of more than €5m between 2007 and 2009.

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Jorge who handles his son’s financial affairs is believed to have used tax safe havens in Belize and Uruguay to hide earnings from image rights.

Both men deny any wrongdoing, however, the Spanish tax agency is pushing for heavy fines and long term jail sentences. Following similar charges in 2013, Messi made a payment of €5m to correct what he claimed was an error.

The trial is set to last for three days and Information Nigeria will give a blow by blow account of the trial in Spain.

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