Barcelona star Lionel Messi misses first day of tax fraud trial ahead of Copa America Centenario

Barcelona star Lionel Messi misses first day of tax fraud trial ahead of Copa America Centenario

 MessiThe five-time World Player of the Year is not obligated to appear in court until Thursday, when he is scheduled to give evidence before a judge

Footballer Lionel Messi’s tax trial has begun with the Barcelona star deciding not to appear in court for early proceedings, AP report.

Messi is facing a prison sentence of nearly two years on charges he failed to properly pay taxes for part of his earnings from Barcelona from 2007-09.

The Argentina forward is not obligated to appear in court until Thursday, when he is scheduled to give evidence before a judge.

Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud for allegedly defrauding Spain’s tax office of 4.1 million euros (£3.1 million).

Because of the trial, Messi is missing Argentina’s preparation for the Copa America Centenario, which begins on Saturday in the United States.

He is expected to fly straight to the US after the trial ends.

Source:Miror Uk

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