So it appears after signing a six-year extension with Barcelona earlier this years, Lionel Messi is now negotiating how to get out of a six-year jail sentence after being accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities.
The allegations claim that world’s best footballer, and his father, filed fraudulent tax returns from 2006 to 2009, totaling more than €4,000,000.
Sounds like a lot, but in actual fact €4m is in fact just 3 months of wages for the 4-time FIFA Player of The Year, whose current salary is €16m/year.
Much like every other 25-year old dealing with personal issues, ‘Leo’ took to Facebook to deny the accusations.
Whilst jail time can be prevented if Messi and his old man prove they had no knowledge of the fraud, ignorance is no defense in civil proceedings, which could see them face a fine of more than £40,000,000. That number, is clearly more than pocket change to the Argentine.
Where the charges become Messi… sorry ‘messy’… is in regards to the potential 6-year jail sentence. Whilst it is unlikely Messi will spend time behind bars, the potential for a true-life soccer version of The Longest Yard is worth imagining. Reports say Shia LaBeouf is being considered to play the lead.*
No doubt this will all be swept under the carpet faster than Messi can sweep a shot under a goalkeeper, but it will be certainly be an interesting story to follow.
My advice for Leo: Sign with QPR and talk to this guy.
*completely made up