Legendary football superstar Lionel Messi arrived on Thursday at a court in Barcelona, where he faces three charges of tax fraud.
The FC Barcelona star, who was accompanied by his father Jorge and brother, arrived by car driven by an employee from the Catalan club amid great media interest, reports Efe.
The Argentine forward and his father Jorge are appearing before the court where the Spanish prosecution demands a sentence of 22 months in prison over charges of evading the payment of 4.1 million euros ($4.57 million), as taxes on profits made from the player’s image rights between 2007 and 2009.
Initially the prosecution filed the lawsuit against Messi and his father, but then requested the case to be closed after Jorge paid the swindled amount, as well as interest.
The trial of FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father started on Tuesday over alleged tax fraud in a hearing session here but his mother, who was supposed to attend the hearing session, did not show up.
Earlier on Tuesday, his mother Celia Cuccittini was summoned in the court to testify in the case of her husband and son, whom the Spanish prosecutors want to be sent to prison for 22 months over charges of evading the payment of 4.1 million euros ($4.57 million) in taxes on profits made from the player’s image rights between 2007 and 2009, reports Efe.
The general prosecution asked for the imprisonment of Jorge for 18 months on charges of evading the payment of the taxes, while it wants to acquit Messi, who it claims did not know about the tax fraud offence.
Messi, currently at the Argentina national team camp, and his father are scheduled to stand trial next Thursday just a few days before Argentina participates in Copa America in the United States.