Messi confident advisers will resolve Spanish tax woes (Reuters)

Barcelona's Lionel Messi listens to a question during a news conference after a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona, July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is optimistic his advisers will be able to sort out his tax problems after he and his father were accused of defrauding the Spanish authorities last month. The Argentine World Player of the Year and his father Jorge, who both denied wrongdoing, allegedly hid more than 4 million euros ($5.3 million) by filing false tax returns for the years 2006 to 2009. The prosecutor’s office for tax crimes in Catalonia said the sale of Messi’s image rights had been hidden via a complex web of shell companies in Uruguay, Belize, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. …

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