Despite being awarded the Golden Ball as the best player at the 2014 World Cup this summer, FC Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi is not above the law.
A prosecutor had requested the charges against Messi to be dropped but a Spanish judge has rejected that and ordered the investigation into multiple cases of suspected unpaid taxes to go ahead.
Messi, 27, and his father Jorge have both denied any wrongdoing. Jorge is currently under investigation for allegedly failing to pay over $5 million in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.
A court statement said there is “sufficient evidence” to believe Messi “could have known and consented” to setting up a fake corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income made from his own image rights.
Monday’s statement from the court in Gava, Barcelona, all comes after Messi’s PR firm claimed that the prosecutor had dropped the fraud case against the four-time FIFA World Player of the Year back in June.
We are sure to hear more about this in the coming weeks.