‘I don’t know what I sign’, Messi told judge in fraud case

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BARCELONA—Ar­gentina star Lionel Messi, who is due to go on trial in Barcelona for al­leged tax fraud, told a judge that he never looks at the con­tracts he signs, the El Pe­ri­od­ico daily said Mon­day.

The news­pa­per got ac­cess to Messi’s Septem­ber 2013 state­ment to a judge and pub­lished ex­tracts just a day be­fore the five-time World Player of the Year and his fa­ther stand trial. “I signed things, but I never look at the con­tracts. I don’t know what I sign,” he al­legedly said.

Messi and his fa­ther, Jorge Ho­ra­cio Messi, are ac­cused of us­ing a chain of fake com­pa­nies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid pay­ing taxes on 4.16 mil­lion euros ($4.7 mil­lion) of Messi’s in­come earned through the sale of his im­age rights from 2007-09.—AFP

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