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SBD Global/July 8, 2013/Finance

Lionel Messi's Lawyers Meet With Spanish Court, Learn He Could Owe $11.6M

Lionel Messi's lawyers Cristóbal Martell and Ángel Juárez on Friday established their first contact with the Spanish government's Office of Financial Crimes to work on resolving the fraud charges Messi and his father are facing, according to Jesús G. Albalat of EL PERIODICO. In letters, "Messi has expressed his preference of reaching an agreement, which will happen in principle when Messi pays the debt owed and the accompanying fines." Judicial sources "have calculated that the total of the debt, the interest and the possible fine could mean, if agreed," a payment of €9M ($11.6M) for Messi. The Office of Financial Crimes indicated to Martell and Juárez that they have to contact an attorney representing the Spanish tax authorities to first agree with that lawyer (EL PERIODICO, 7/5).
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