Lionel Messi answers tax charges in court

The court said Jorge Messi paid the tax authorities five million euros in August -- the 4.16 million euros claimed by the taxman plus interest -- which is likely to significantly reduce any sentence should they be found guilty.

updated: September 27, 2013 18:32 IST
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Gava, Spain: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi Friday appeared in court to answer charges of evading 4.16 million euros ($5 million) in taxes in a case that stunned the sporting world.

Dressed in a dark jacket and white shirt, the 26-year-old Argentine international made no comment before or after the closed-door hearing at a court in Gava, the coastal suburb of Barcelona where he lives.

Testimony by the four-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award revealed his desire to resolve the matter, Messi's lawyer, Cristobal Martel, told reporters after the hearing.

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