Messi Claims Innocence In Tax Fraud Case

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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has denied knowledge of any illegal activity, while testifying in a tax case in Barcelona.

The Argentine and his father have both been charged with three counts of tax fraud worth €4.1 million dating back to 2007 to 2009 period.

Court proceedings began on Thursday, but Messi appeared in person to testify, just four days before he is due to represent Argentina in the Copa America Centenario in the United States.

The 28-year-old denied knowledge of any fraudulent activities, stating that football was his only focus.

“I never asked my dad about these things,” Messi is quoted as telling the court by AS.

“The truth is that, as I said before, I trusted him and the lawyers. I didn’t know anything about it, I just played football.”

When questioned about the existence of a company called Jenbril, registered in Uruguay to handle payments relating to his image rights, Messi said: “I didn’t know I was a member and manager of this company, I signed it because he [Jorge Messi] said so and I trusted him and the lawyers.

“All I knew was that I was signing a deal with sponsors to do adverts, photo shoots and things like that.

“I remember we went to a notary but I was 18 when I signed it and as you can imagine, I was in a different world. I don’t remember anything about it.”

Jorge Messi repeatedly told the court his son “knew nothing about it”.

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