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Messi could go to prison if he signs with Barcelona

From Spain, a tax advisor consulted by ‘El Chiringuito’ explains the legal framework that supposes that Leo is as a free agent and what would happen if the club signs him again.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

The renewal of Lionel Messi with FC Barcelona can become a nightmare for the player and the club, which currently have no contractual link between them. And although Joan Laporta has indicated that everything is on track, the truth is that the club must re-sign the signing of the Argentine to continue to count on his services, and this step could precisely represent a more serious legal complication than previously thought. From the Spanish program ‘El Chiringuito’ they have investigated more about the whereabouts of the Argentine attacker and contacted the tax advisor Ramón Álvarez de Mon to resolve all doubts.

And the figure he left makes the hair stand on end. "Barça could agree with Messi to play two years and pay him in five. But another thing is the opinion that LaLiga and the Treasury may have in this regard. Why LaLiga? This is done to divide the wage bill by five years, not two. Why Hacienda? If Messi goes to the third year to play in Miami, he will be charging for what he generated as a Barça player, but he will be a non-resident, so he will not be taxed in Spain ”, he explained.

But there is more. The tax advisor recalled that the Argentine and the club have already had legal problems before, which further complicates the figure of the ‘refichaje’ of Leo Messi and the implications for breaking the law. “Messi and Barcelona have criminal records. If they commit a tax crime again, Messi goes to jail and Barcelona would have serious legal consequences. If Messi has not renewed today, I see almost impossible that he can sign for Barça. Since July 1, he is considered a new signing, so Barça should generate 400 million euros in capital gains and salary savings ”, he explained.

So, for the moment and although Messi is no longer officially a Barcelona player, the club will continue to link its corporate image to the figure of the '10'. In this way, Leo's shirt will continue to be sold in the official FC Barcelona stores, and the website and the rest of the club's media will continue to cover the current situation of the Argentine international as if he were still another player in the first team.

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