Oct 102015
 

Lionel Messi started out this football season in his characteristically good note. All these changed when he incurred a two months injury in the match against Las Palmas. After this event, it appears that there is another hurdle that this star has to cross. There is a likelihood that Lionel Messi would bag a jail term extending for about two years.

The possible term is due to allegations of tax fraud against Messi and his father, Jorge.The pair were accused of defrauding the Spanish Tax Authorities of a sum of about €4 million. The tax fraud is related to money not remitted in relation to Messi’s image rights between the year 2007 and 2009.

Although there was a request by prosecutors for Messi’s charge to be dropped, this was overruled by the court. Thus, Messi and his father are going to be charged on three count charges of tax fraud. Messi and his father have come out to deny any wrongdoings on their part.

Messi’s father is alleged to have transferred the money in question to fake companies located in different countries. The companies mentioned are said to be in Belize, Uruguay, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Messi and his father have also paid a sum as repatriation for the alleged tax fraud. Since the tax fraud case was started in 2013, the duo have paid a sum totalling about €5 million. This covers the money owed and the interest.

In all, although Messi going out on a 2 months long injury is bad enough, it would be unfathomable if he ends up in jail.

Sep 152015
 

Lionel Messi is set to make his hundredth Uefa Champions League appearance at the game between Barcelona and Roma on Wednesday. Lionel Messi scored 60 goals and had 28 assists last season in over 60 games. Messi’s performance was essential to Barcelona’s lifting of the La Liga, The Uefa Champions league and the Copa Del Rey last sesason. He also came up from the bench this weekend to score the winning goal in Barcelona’s match against Atletico.

Although Messi is in top form, Roma’s coach, Rudi Garcia, has come out to say that the team doesn’t have a special plan just for Lionel Messi. He said that Barcelona is a good team and just concentrating on Messi would not work. The team has to attack and defend as one and would not just pin point all attention on Lionel Messi.

Barca’s coach, Luis Enrique, who coached Roma in the 2012/2013 session has also said that the game against Roma this Wednesday would not just be a walk in the park. Although Barcelona beat Roma 3-0 in the pre-season, he expects that Roma would take this game more seriously. This was said in the light if the fact that Roma beat last season champions league finalists, Juventus, 2-1 during the weekend.

Barcelona, would be expecting defender Gerard Pique in their starting line up. They would be welcoming him after he has been missing out of the action since his four match ban in the la liga. They would also not be starting with their keeper, Claudio Bravo.

Roma would also start with captain, Francesco Totti on the bench. This would leave Edin Dzeko and Sallah to lead the attack. Roma would also miss their midfielder, Miralem Pjanic, who has a calf injury.

In conclusion, the game on Saturday would not be walk in the park for Barcelona as FC Roma would be ready for them.