Lawyer of Barcelona football star Lionel Messi, Enrique Bacigalupo (R) arrives at the courhouse on June 1, 2016 in Barcelona where Messi is to face judges in a tax fraud case. / AFP / LLUIS GENE
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Messi, 28, and his father Jorge Horacio Messi are accused of using fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros ($4.6 million) of his income earned through the sale of his image rights from 2007-09 .Jenbril was 100 percent owned by Messi and he poured his image rights earnings in there, and Frosyl was where his father deposited his commissions as the player's agent."Uruguay was a place where this income was not taxable," he said.But he added that the structure was legal and that he had explained all this to Messi's father.Both partners, who stopped working for Messi shortly after the investigation started, were however unable to explain why the player's firm in Uruguay failed to appear in his wealth tax declaration.
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