Pictures: Messi arrives court for fraud case

The Argentina captain and his father are alleged to have defrauded the Spanish authorities of upwards of €4 million, with a verdict expected in the coming week.

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Lionel Messi has arrived at a Barcelona court to give evidence for a case in which both the Argentine and his father, Jorge, are accused of fraudulent behaviour between 2007 and 2009.

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The pair are alleged to have defrauded Spain for more than €4 million in image rights by using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay.

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While the Spanish authorities are pushing for fines and prison sentences, both parties deny taking part in any wrongdoing, with Messi’s lawyers insisting the player has “never spent a minute” studying his contracts.

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Regardless, the high court insist a plea of ignorance will not exclude the 28-year-old from punishment, with Jorge Messi having been involved in the management of deals with companies including Adidas and Pepsi.

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The trial, which began on Tuesday, is expected to come to an end on Thursday, while a verdict is expected to be released next week.

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