A Spanish judge indicated that a tax evasion case against soccer star Lionel Messi will move forward, despite a prosecutor’s recommendation, according to reports.
The judge rejected prosecution requests to drop the charges against the Argentina-born soccer star. He and his father Jorge Horacio Messi have been accused of setting up a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying $4 million euros, or about $5.3 million, in taxes for 2007 to 2009 on income from the athlete’s image rights, according to the Associated Press. Messi regularly plays for the Spanish team FC Barcelona, but was on Argentina’s national team in the recent World Cup.
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