Messi latest name to attract interest of tax authorities (Reuters)

Lionel Messi of Argentina leaves the hotel, where the Argentine national team is staying, in Guatemala City, June 12, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi’s picture was on the front pages rather than in the sports sections of the Spanish media on Thursday, after the World Player of the Year and his father were accused of tax fraud. The news is damaging to the Argentina and Barcelona forward’s image, and he joins a long list of top athletes who have been investigated by the tax authorities, including Luis Figo, Boris Becker and Diego Maradona. “Leo Messi marked financially by the tax man,” wrote daily El Pais, while sports paper Marca’s front page said: “A symbol under suspicion. …

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