Football: Messi pays back millions to taxman
MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father paid off five million euros (S$8.4 million) they owed to the taxman ahead of their court appearance on tax evasion charges, media reported on Wednesday.
Spanish newspapers citing a ruling by a judge in Gava, near Barcelona, said the Argentine player's father Jorge Messi deposited the payment, which covers more than four million euros in unpaid taxes plus interest, with the court on August 14.
Court officials were not immediately reachable to confirm the reports.
Prosecutors accuse the two of defrauding the tax office of income related to the use of his image from 2006-2009.