Messi’s fi­nan­cial af­fairs re­ceive fur­ther scru­tiny

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LA LIGA: Span­ish tax au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether pay­ments from Barcelona to Lionel Messi’s foun­da­tion were used to help the player evade taxes, Span­ish daily El Mundo re­ported yes­ter­day.

The news­pa­per, which has ac­quired Foot­ball Leaks doc­u­ments, re­ported the club gave the foun­da­tion “at least ¤12.7 mil­lion (Dh56.9m) be­tween 2010 and 2016”. The pa­per said that the pay­ments from Barca rep­re­sented 71.5 per cent of the foun­da­tion’s rev­enue be­tween 2013 and 2016.

The foun­da­tion says on its web­site that it “was cre­ated in 2007 with the wish that all chil­dren should have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties to make their dreams come true”.

Be­tween 2010 and the of­fi­cial reg­is­tra­tion of the foun­da­tion in June 2013, the club re­duced the cor­po­rate tax they paid on the money by 35 per cent, in line with rules on do­na­tions to char­i­ties.

Those pay­ments raised the sus­pi­cions of the au­thor­i­ties which, in Jan­uary 2016, be­gan to in­ves­ti­gate whether the money had evaded tax.

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