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Lionel Messi facing tax evasion charges

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04:58 PM ET 09.27 | Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, unarguably the best soccer player in the world today, was in court on Friday due to charges of tax evasion. Messi appeared in court with his father - they testified separately - as the two are accused of hiding more than $5.39 million in endorsement earnings between 2006 and 2009. According to the prosecution, Messi and his father propped up shell companies in places like Uruguay, Switzerland, Belize, and the United Kingdom in order to avoid Spanish taxes. The two have denied any wrongdoing, claiming that Messi's former agent was the orchestrating the tax-evasion scheme behind their backs.

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