Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said he was "surprised" by allegations from Spanish tax authorities that he owes them more than €4m (£3.4m). It is claimed the World Player of the Year and his father filed fraudulent tax returns.
Barcelona football star Lionel Messi and his father have been accused by Spanish tax authorities of defrauding the state of more than €4m (£3.4m).
World Player of the Year Messi and his father Jorge allegedly filed fraudulent tax returns for the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor's office for tax crimes in Catalonia.
The Argentinian forward is on an estimated €16m (£13.5m) annual salary at Barcelona.