News of the Lionel Messi tax fraud case has reached the Republic of China and legendary Taiwanese animators NMA.TV are back with their take on events.
Barcelona superstar Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio, are being investigated for allegedly defrauding the Spanish state of more than 4m euros (£3.4m).
The World Player of the Year and his dad are suspected of filing fraudulent tax returns for the years 2007 through to 2009, according to officials.
Messi has apparently expressed his surprise at the charge and denies the allegations.
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On Wednesday, a complaint signed by prosecutor Raquel Amado was filed at the courthouse in Gava – the affluent Barcelona district where Messi lives.
Judges at the courthouse must accept the complaint before the suspects can be charged, reports say.
The player and his father are accused of three crimes of defrauding the state of taxes related to income from the use of his image.
They are suspected of using companies abroad – in Belize and Uruguay – to sell the rights to use the image.
The accusation is that with the help of firms based outside Spain, where he lives and plays club football, Messi and his father avoided paying more than 4m euros in tax.
If convicted, Messi could face up to six years in prison and a large fine, according to Spain’s EFE news agency.
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