Barcelona back Lionel Messi and his father as they fight jail sentence over tax fraud

Barcelona back Lionel Messi and his father fight jail sentence over tax fraud

6/14/13 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1856 respect

Jan 9, 2013; Barcelona, SPAIN; Lionel Messi poses with his four Ballon d'Or trophies aka golden ball trophies after winning the World Player accolade for a fourth straight year.  Mandatory Credit: Rondeau/Presse Sports via USA TODAY SportsBarcelona president Sandro Rosell has announced backing for the club’s star Lionel Messi following the defrauding allegations on him and his father Jorge Messi. Rosell is convinced of Messi’s innocence and strongly believes the Argentinean football prodigy is not capable of any criminal activity.
 
Rumors about Messi being jailed are very true. If the Spanish state is able to prove Messi and his father were at the heart of a fraud case in which they evaded over €4 million in taxes. Reports in Spanish media claim the unpaid taxes are from the year 2007, 2008 and 2009.
 
The 25-year-old four-time Ballon d’Or winner released a statement on his official Facebook page earlier this week. Messi assured his fans that he wasn’t part of any criminal activity and that the issue will be resolved soon.
 
Meanwhile, Jorge Messi took to the press as well. Spanish sports newspaper AS approached the Barcelona forward’s father for statements on the issue.
 
“This is all a mistake,” Jorge Messi said. “It should have been spoken about with the accountants and legal people, who will clear it up.”
 
The assurances from father and son haven’t proven to be enough for the Spanish media, who continue to lurk in the shadows for dirt on the Messi family. In an attempt to curtail such attempts and address other pressing concerns for Barcelona, Rosell held a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
 
“Messi's family is calm. They have all of our support. I do not doubt their innocence,” Rosell said.
 
Messi has been the heart and soul of Barcelona since the Argentina international broke into the first-team in 2008. The Barcelona bred, who has been scoring more than 50 goals a season for the past five seasons, is one of the most loyal players at Nou Camp.
 
Moreover, Messi is considered to be the most coveted player in the world. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo only rivals Messi in fame and fortune, and let’s not forget talent. The two players share intense rivalry, which has seen Ronaldo fans pray Messi goes to jail so that the Portuguese prodigy might finally win another Ballon d’Or award as well. 
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