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Lionel Messi, father accused of tax fraud

June 12, 2013|By Melissa Rohlin
  • Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (Andreu Dalmau / EPA )

Soccer star Lionel Messi and his father have been accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities.

Criminal charges alleging nearly $5.3 million in unpaid taxes from 2007 through 2009 were filed against them Wednesday by prosecutor Raquel Amado in Barcelona.

Messi, who plays for Barcelona and is from Argentina, is one of the highest paid athletes in the world.

The World Player of the Year reportedly makes just over $20 million a season, according to Forbes magazine, and receives about $21 million in endorsements from his sponsors, which include Adidas, PepsiCo and P&G.

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