Repeat offender Lionel Messi paid 12 million euros in unpaid taxes

Lionel Messi paid at the end of 2016, with 12 million euros in unpaid taxes to new problems with the tax authorities to avoid. That concluded the German magazine Der Spiegel, documents from Football Leaks.

Lionel Messi © AFP

The 30-year-old Argentinian superstar from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Horacio were in 2016 to a prison sentence of 21 months sentenced for tax fraud that they committed in the period 2007-2009. Those who have no criminal record and less than two years in prison, in Spain, however, is not effective behind bars.

During the proceedings, the tax authorities already have a new research to Messi. So would Barcelona Messi an extra salary paid by a charity. The Fundacion Leo Messi, who stands up for underprivileged children, received between 2010 and 2013 more than 7 million euros from Barcelona. According to the Spanish tax authorities was that amount, not as charity, but went to secret salary payments to Messi.

Barcelona feared a second condemnation and effective prison sentence for his topspits and paid the account at 12 million euros. For Messi’s tax evasion during the period 2007-2009 coughed the club, ‘as a bonus for his performance earlier all 5 million euros.

According to Football Leaks would Messi in 2013 secret negotiations with Real Madrid about a transfer to the rival. Real would have been willing to have the lump sum of 250 million euros to pay for it and gave Messi an annual salary of 23 million euros. Messi chose to go for an extended stay in Barcelona, which Real then, but the Dutch boss Gare Bale for 100 million for Tottenham wegplukte.

At Barcelona deserves Messi become much more than the 23 million to him at the time when Real were offered. At the end of June 2017 as he signed a new contract that will take him to 2021 to the Blaugrana binds. According to Football Leaks, gives him that in four years time more than 400 million euros, or converted 286.140 euro per day. ‘The Flea’ annually receives a fixed amount of 70 million euro, of which 85 percent salary and 15 percent portrait rights. There is a tekenpremie of $ 63.5 million and a loyalty bonus of 70 million euro. That last one he gets when he his contract is until 2021 also effective uitdoet.

Messi joined in 2000 at the age of 13 in Barcelona, with the Argentine Newell’s Old Boys noticed.

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