Spanish tax agency swarms Lionel Messi’s jet

SPANISH tax agency swarms Barcelona’s Lionel Messi’s private jet

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi had a nasty shock on Wednesday, November 18 when he returned from international duty with Argentina to find Spanish tax agents waiting for him as he touched down in Barcelona.

Messi, 33, didn’t even have a chance to enter the terminal before up to five officials boarded the customised jet, complete with a kitchen and two bathrooms, and asked the Barcelona captain and the entire crew to provide documentation.

Spanish sports daily, Marca, reported that Messi was ordered to pay tax as he eventually headed through customs at Barcelona’s El Prat airport.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival, he said: “After 15 hours of flying, I come up against people from the tax agency asking questions. It’s crazy.”

A Spanish court found Messi and his father Jorge guilty of tax fraud in July 2016, handing the pair 21-month prison sentences.

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Sarah Keane

Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.

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