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Messi's shock at tax fraud claims

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.

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Messi summoned to court over €4m tax fraud claims

Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi is the current World Player of the Year. Credit: Cordon

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been summoned to court in Spain as part of an investigation into tax fraud allegations.

A court in Gava, near Barcelona - where Messi plays his football - accepted a prosecutor's complaint that Messi and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of €4m (£3.4m) and the pair are scheduled to appear on September 17th.

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