Barcelona forward Leo Messi set for court over tax evasion

Leo Messi might have to focus on off the field matters soon. Photo: PA

Leo Messi will appear in court on 17th September to answer charges of tax evasion, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentine forward is accused of defrauding the Spanish authorities €4million by selling his image rights through companies in Uruguay and Belize.

Messi's father, Jorge, is the co-accused, and is under investigation on three counts of fraud.

If found guilty, the pair could be imprisoned for up to six years.