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Lionel Messi Reportedly Considering $19.5M Payment To Avoid Tax Charges

Lionel Messi and his father "are close to an agreement" with Spanish tax authorities on a €15M ($19.5M) payment to avoid charges of tax evasion related to Messi's image rights income from '07-09, for which he has been accused of defrauding €4M. The €15M payment "follows a payment Messi made last week" of €10M ($13M) (EL MUNDO, 6/27). MUNDO DEPORTIVO reported that Messi's lawyers and advisers "have not commented about the information regarding his possible agreement with Spain's tax authorities." Messi's legal representatives said, "The media that has published this information has not been in contact with us to verify it. We cannot confirm this information" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/27).