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Lionel Messi's former tax advisors back him

Barcelona: Lionel Messi's former tax advisors came out in support of the football star yesterday as his trial for alleged fraud continued in Barcelona, saying he never handled his wealth management.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Messi, 28, and his father Jorge Horacio Messi are accused of using fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros ($4.6 million) of his income earned through the sale of his image rights from 2007-09.

The trial kicked off in Barcelona on Tuesday, and the five-time World Player of the Year himself will take the stand on Thursday before joining his Argentina teammates for the Copa America in the United States.

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