Soccer-Birthday boy Messi being tested on and off the pitch (Reuters)

By Mark Elkington MADRID, June 24 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi turned 26 on Monday having claimed every prize as a player bar the World Cup but facing new challenges that will test the Argentine’s skills off the pitch as much as on it. Barcelona’s four-times World Player of the Year is dealing with a Spanish tax investigation after authorities accused him and his father Jorge of a four million Euros fraud on earnings from image rights from 2007-2009. The Messis have been summoned to give evidence to an investigating judge on September 17th, after which formal charges could be brought. …

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