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SBD Global/July 18, 2013/Finance

Lionel Messi Leaving Legal Defense Regarding Fraud Accusations To Lawyers

Lionel Messi insisted on Wednesday that he "understood nothing about tax," according to FOOTBALL ESPANA. Messi "was hit by tax fraud allegations last month but defended himself when questioned" following a practice. Messi: "I am relaxed and distance myself from all that. My father and I have advisers who handle these things for us, and we trust them. I hope it gets sorted out. I don't understand any of it and that's why we have lawyers" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 7/17). REUTERS' Iain Rogers reported Messi is one of the world's highest-paid athletes and earns just more than $20M a season in wages and bonuses. He also pulls in about $21M in endorsements from sponsors including adidas, Pepsi and P&G and is 10th on Forbes' latest list of top-earning athletes (REUTERS, 7/17).
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