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La Liga president says Lionel Messi is innocent and court verdict could see him move abroad

A lot has been said about Lionel Messi’s 21-month ‘prison’ sentence for tax fraud.

But nothing has been quite as bizarre as this statement from La Liga president Javier Tebas in Barcelona.


“The only thing I can tell him (Messi) is that from La Liga we believe he isn’t guilty and that he should stay in Spanish football.

“I don’t think Leo Messi is a delinquent.”

Exactly Javier, if La Liga say he’s innocent then what do the courts know?

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Tebas added that Spain’s desire to see people working in the country pay their tax could see Messi move overseas.

“Of course I fear that (Messi) could leave,” he said.

Well if Messi doesn’t want to play in Spain then we’ll be happy to have him (providing he pays his taxes of course).

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