new Delhi: Today, the trio of the world's largest football players –Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo And Neymar Earns millions of dollars annually, roams in private chartered planes, owns dozens of expensive sports cars and has role models of millions of youth, but despite this he is caught in crime like tax evasion. In some of these cases, he has also been sentenced to fines and / or punishment.
These giants are caught in tax evasion cases
Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar have won almost every title in their careers and they occupy the first three places respectively in the list of highest-grossing athletes released by Forbes this year. While Argentina's Messi's total annual revenue is US $ 127 million, Ronaldo of Portugal earns $ 109 million and Neymar of Brazil earns $ 105 million. Despite all this, they are involved in crimes like tax evasion and have been punished at some level. Although the three players have denied the allegations of tax evasion, but this does not reduce the seriousness of their crime.
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This accusation against Massey
A case of tax evasion was first registered in 2013 against Messi, who spent his entire career at the Spanish club FC Barcelona. Spanish tax authorities had alleged that Messi's father, George Messi, had stolen tax through shell companies present in the tax haven. Officials had said that the money from the deal with Pepsi-Cola and Adidas was sent offshore so that Messi and his father could avoid paying taxes in Spain from around 2005 (Messi had signed with Barcelona in 2001 .
Trust in father and lawyer- Messi
After the matter became public, Messi said that he was innocent and made a 'corrective payment' of 50 million euros. In 2015, officials asked Messi to join the trial. Messi said during his trial, "I was just playing football and I don't know about it. I believed my father and my lawyer."
Messi has got this punishment
Messi told the court that he did not even read the documents before signing. However, the court did not accept Messi's plea and sentenced him and his father to 21 months in jail. Tax evasion is a crime in every country of the world and for this, different punishment is given in every country. The duration of Messi's sentence is interesting because in Spain, criminals who are usually sentenced to one or two years do not have to spend time in jail. They have to go to jail only when they have committed a violent crime or are constantly involved in the world of crime. Messi also appealed to the Supreme Court of Spain in 2017, but his appeal was rejected by the court.
Ronaldo is accused of this
Ronaldo, considered to be Messi's arch-rival, was accused of not paying tax of $ 1.65 million while playing for Spanish club Real Madrid. Initially it seemed that it was almost impossible to catch Ronaldo in the case of tax evasion, but after the Panama Papers leaked, it was indicated that Portugal's charismatic forwards were also involved in the case.
Punishment was also received...
The player's management company, Geschtifute, has consistently denied allegations of tax evasion. However, in June last year, Ronaldo admitted his guilt and paid a total of $ 217 million, including taxes, finals and interest. He got a total sentence of two years, but he did not have to go to jail like Messi because the crime was not heinous. Ronaldo is currently playing for Juventus, the defending champions of the Italy League.
Neymar is also trapped
Like Messi and Ronaldo, Neymar is a big football star today. Neymar, who joined French club PSG from FC Barcelona at a world record fee in 2017, was also accused of tax evasion and had to pay fine. However, their case is not as straightforward as Ronaldo and Messi.
Serious charges against the club
Barcelona bought Neymar from Brazilian club Santos, and the Spanish club was accused of lying to the player. Barcelona gave false information about the amount to a Brazilian company, which is owned by Neymar's father Neymar Centos Sr. Spanish prosecutors alleged that the amount related to the agreement was rigged so as to avoid tax in Spain.
Neymar had to pay the fine
Neymar and his father tried to put an end to it by saying that the case would be heard in Brazil. In 2015, a case was filed against Neymar in Brazil and it was revealed that his tax evasion caused a loss of 20 million dollars to the government there. Due to this, about $ 4.7 million asset of the player was confiscated. He had to pay $ 11.8 lakh fine in his country to be acquitted in this case. In Spain, Barcelona had to pay taxes and fine associated with the case.
There are many more players
Apart from these three superstars, there are many other famous football players who are caught in the case of tax evasion. It includes big names such as Javier Masrano of Argentina, Diego Costa of Spain, James Rodriguez of Colombia and his Radamel Falcao. Costa and Rodriguez are currently playing for top clubs such as Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid.