Prosecutors in Spain have dropped all charges against Barcelona star Lionel Messi
However it isn’t all good news for Lionel Messi as his t father Jorge, is still being pursued
Messi and his father were accused of defrauding Spanish authorities to the tune of £3.1million. If found guilty, Messi senior could face 18 months in prison, and a fine of almost £1.5million.
It has been alleged that Jorge Messi used offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying tax on his son’s earnings between 2007 and 2009.
The prosecutors however made it clear that all charges on Lionel Messi has been dropped
“It is not plausible to think that his unawareness of events was intentional, or carried out seeking to defraud the Public Treasury,” the ruling explained.
Messi and his father made a ‘corrective’ payment of €5million in August 2013, equal to the sum in unpaid tax plus interest. The income relates to Messi’s image rights, which include deals with companies such as Adidas and Pepsi.