Messi and father accused of tax fraud in Spain (Reuters)

Argentina's Leonel Messi pauses on the field as they played Venezuela in a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Buenos Aires March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

By Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi and his father denied wrongdoing on Wednesday after the Spanish tax authorities accused them of defrauding the state of more than four million euros ($5.3 million). The World Player of the Year and his father Jorge allegedly filed fraudulent tax returns for the years 2006 to 2009, according to Jose Miguel Company, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office for tax crimes in Catalonia. …

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