4:49 pm, Wed 12 Jun 2013 Messi's shock at tax fraud claims
Lionel Messi 'surprised' by tax dodging allegations
Lionel Messi told Spanish news agency EFE he was surprised by the allegations and insisted he is innocent
Barcelona football star Lionel Messi said he was "surprised" by allegations from Spanish tax authorities that he owes them more than €4m (£3.4m).
In a statement released to
Spanish news agency EFE he said:
"We have just known through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities. We are surprised about the news, because we have never committed any infringement.
"We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants who will take care to clarify this situation."
Read: Lionel Messi and father accused of €4m tax fraud
2:17 pm, Wed 12 Jun 2013 Messi's shock at tax fraud claims
Lionel Messi and father accused of €4m tax fraud
Lionel Messi pictured during the 2013 Champions League final.
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.
7:11 pm, Mon 07 Jan 2013 Messi's record Ballon d'Or win
Messi congratulated on record award win
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero congratulated his Argentina team mate Lionel Messi on his record fourth Ballon D'Or victory:
QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and former Barcelona player Gary Lineker also took to Twitter:
8:44 pm, Sun 09 Dec 2012 Messi sets new goals record
Lionel Messi sets new goalscoring record
Barcelona's official Twitter feed has been waxing lyrical about the Argentine's achievement.
8:34 pm, Sun 09 Dec 2012 Messi sets new goals record
Lionel Messi breaks all-time goalscoring record
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has set a new record for the number of goals scored in one calendar year.
His 86th goal of 2012, scored for Barcelona against Real Betis, beat Gerd Müller's milestone set in 1972.
Messi's 86 goals came in just 66 matches.
8:30 pm, Sun 09 Dec 2012 Messi sets new goals record
Lionel Messi scores record-equalling 85th goal in 2012
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has equalled the all-time record for the number of goals scored in one calendar year.
His 85th goal of 2012, scored for Barcelona against Real Betis, matched Gerd Müller's milestone set in 1972.
Messi's 85 goals in 66 matches included:
55 goals in 36 matches in La Liga
3 goals in 7 Copa del Rey matches
13 goals in 12 Champions League matches
2 goals in 2 Super Cup matches
12 goals in 9 matches for Argentina
Müller's record was set in 1972 when he played 60 games for club and country.