The player declared this morning for alleged tax fraud
Messi appeared this morning at the Barcelona Court to declare for alleged tax fraud. The Barcelona player was accompanied by his father Jorge, his older brother Rodrigo and Barça staff member and personal friend Pepe Costa, as well as some workers of their company.
Messi has refused to answer questions of the Attorney and when asked by the prosecutor, he simply said that hw only plays soccer:
- "I never asked about these issues. I dedicate to play soccer and had full confidence with my father. I had no idea about anything. I just know that we signed agreements with various sponsors and, occasionally, I do ads and photos, but did not know the details of the money at all."
Meanwhile, his father, Jorge Messi, loaded the guilt of the alleged tax fraud at a former partner of the company. "I have always tried to facilitate life to my son." Jorge Messi said he had little information on tax matters and his son, even less.
The Tax Office accused Messi of tax fraud of €4.1 million related to income tax declarations for 2007, 2008 and 2009. The striker paid €5 million to court and regularized his situation with the Treasury paying €53 million. The Attorney suggested Messi not facing trial, because they considered that the player was not part of the decision making and, therefore, had no record of the case.
But the General Attorney asked to send Messi to trial and the local magistrate who was in charge of the case finally decided to do so. The General Attorney believes that the player has criminal responsibility, although he paid that €5 million. We'll see now what the judge of Barcelona Court rules.