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The Spanish courts will continue with prosecuting star Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite the public prosecutor recommending that the charges be dismissed.

In June, the prosecutor protested that Messi’s father, Jorge, held responsibility for the family’s finances rather than the four-times World Player of the Year.

But, the court in Barcelona decided that Messi could have known about and agreed to the creation of several shell companies that were believed to be used to evade taxes through income on image rights. The judge in that case decided that the case against Messis should carry on.

Since last year, Messi and his father have strenuously denied allegations of defrauding the Spanish state of more than £3 million by filing false returns for the years 2006 to 2009.

Messi is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes. He earns just around £23.5 million per season in salary and bonuses, according to Forbes magazine, in addition to about £13.5 million from sponsorship and other endorsements.

Forbes have revealed that Messi is the fourth highest-earning athlete in the world, behind boxer Floyd Mayweather, fellow footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball star LeBron James.

It doesn’t matter if your salary is £23,000 or £23 million – tax evasion investigations can happen to anyone.

Criminal tax investigations are serious and could result in a custodial sentence. So, it’s important that you have proper representation.

Call KinsellaTax today on 0800 471 4546 to discuss your situation in confidence.

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