Thursday, 18 January, 2018

How Suarez stopped Messi from joining Guardiola at Manchester City

Hilda Schwartz | 24 June, 2017, 01:26

Having, at the time, been found guilty and later handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence for tax evasion, Mundo Deportivo suggest that the 29-year-old became disenchanted with life in Catalunya and having chose to retire (albeit briefly) from global football last June, Messi is said to have been ready to also leave his boyhood club.

The state prosecutor was not immediately available to comment on Friday.

That would amount to more than € 250,000, although the court has the final decision over whether to go ahead with this option.

This is the claim of Mundo Deportivo journalist Xavier Bosch, who has penned a lengthy piece on the "four days that saved Messi" past year.

The court in Barcelona found they used tax havens in Belize and Uruguay.

The Argentine was never expected to serve time in jail.

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Heavy rain and flooded roads are already slamming portions of Dauphin Island from a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. The state said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was moving 125,000 meals and 200,000 liters of water into Louisiana.

In Spain, prison sentences under 24 months for first-time offenders can be suspended by a judge.

In 2013, when a formal investigation began, Messi and his father made a voluntary €5 million ($5.6 million) payment to the Spanish tax authorities as a "corrective" measure.

Messi is just one of a number of footballers to have been accused of defrauding the Spanish government in recent years.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be charged with tax fraud after Spain's tax office passed a file onto prosecutors.

Meanwhile, José Mourinho's advisers have denied allegations that the Manchester United manager defrauded Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes while he was Real Madrid coach from 2011 to 2012.

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