Star and father accused of owing millions.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father have been accused of owing £3.4million in taxes, according to the Daily Mail.
A lawsuit was lodged against the Barcelona forward and his father by a state prosecutor for the north eastern region of Gava, Catalonia, where the player lives.
Both Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio, have been accused of three offences against the public for allegedly defrauding more than £3.4m in income tax returns from the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.
A judge at the courthouse must accept the prosecutor’s lawsuit before charges can be brought to the pair, though.
So far the club have kept quiet on the news but the 25-year-old spoke of his shock.
“We have just known through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities. We are surprised about those news, because we have never committed any infringement,” he said.
“We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advices of our Tax Consultants who will take care of clarifying this situation.”
The news came during a rare day off for the diminutive forward after Argentina had been held to a 1-1 draw in a fiery encounter with Ecuador, and despite the accusations, Argentina coach, Alejandro Sabella, has insisted that he will be in the squad to face Guatemala on Friday.