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Messi absent as his tax fraud trial opens in Spain

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Barcelona (AFP) The trial of Argentina star Lionel Messi in tax fraud charges opened Tuesday in Spain in his absence just days before Argentina's first match in the Copa America tournament against Chile.

Messi, 28, and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused of using a chain of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.

Messi absent as his tax fraud trial opens in Spain

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Barcelona (AFP) The trial of Argentina star Lionel Messi in tax fraud charges opened Tuesday in Spain in his absence just days before Argentina's first match in the Copa America tournament against Chile.

Messi, 28, and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused of using a chain of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.

Messi To Travel Back To Spain For Tax Fraud Trial

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It's not exactly the best way to prepare for a major tournament. But Lionel Messi will fly back to Spain from Argentina in order to attend his trial on Thursday.

The best player in the world and is father have been accused of defrauding the Spanish taxman of €4.1 million between 2007 and 2009.

Messi due to go on trial in Spain for tax fraud

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Barcelona (AFP) Argentina star Lionel Messi, one of the world's highest-paid athletes, goes on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Spain of over four million euros in unpaid taxes.

After winning a league and Cup double with Barcelona, the five-time World Player of the Year and his father will confront in court the accusations that have dogged him since June 2013.

Messi due to go on trial in Spain for tax fraud

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Barcelona (AFP) Argentina star Lionel Messi, one of the world's highest-paid athletes, goes on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Spain of over four million euros in unpaid taxes.

After winning a league and Cup double with Barcelona, the five-time World Player of the Year and his father will confront in court the accusations that have dogged him since June 2013.

10 Reasons Why Real Madrid Need Ronaldo Now More Than Ever.

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Champions League Final History: Results, Winners, Records, Goalscorers & Venues

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The Champions League is UEFA’s biggest competition and arguably the most important club competition in the world. The competition as it is today is a rebranding of the old European Cup, with the 2015/16 Champions League the 24th season in the new format, and the 61st in the history of the tournament.

Suarez hat-trick fires Barca to La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge.

Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals.

Suarez hat-trick fires Barca to La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge.

Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals.

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Time is now for weary Messi and Argentina

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Los Angeles (AFP) Lionel Messi must shrug off the gruelling demands of a globe-trotting schedule if he is to fulfill his dream of leading Argentina to a first major tournament victory in 23 years at the Copa America Centenario.

The Barcelona superstar heads into the tournament having barely had a moment's rest for four years, with commitments for club and country meaning he has not had a summer off since 2013.

Time is now for weary Messi and Argentina

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Los Angeles (AFP) Lionel Messi must shrug off the gruelling demands of a globe-trotting schedule if he is to fulfill his dream of leading Argentina to a first major tournament victory in 23 years at the Copa America Centenario.

The Barcelona superstar heads into the tournament having barely had a moment's rest for four years, with commitments for club and country meaning he has not had a summer off since 2013.

Messi scare as Argentina down Honduras

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San Juan (Argentina) (AFP) Lionel Messi was taken to hospital after suffering an injury scare on Friday as Argentina defeated Honduras 1-0 in their only warm-up game before next month's Copa America Centenario in the United States.

A first-half goal from in-form Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain settled a low-key encounter in San Juan, with two-time world champions Argentina dominating possession and shots.

Messi scare as Argentina down Honduras

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San Juan (Argentina) (AFP) Lionel Messi was taken to hospital after suffering an injury scare on Friday as Argentina defeated Honduras 1-0 in their only warm-up game before next month's Copa America Centenario in the United States.

A first-half goal from in-form Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain settled a low-key encounter in San Juan, with two-time world champions Argentina dominating possession and shots.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi talks about potential Argentina return, Copa America prospects

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In an transparent attempt to endear himself to Argentina fans who have never really treated him as with the hero worship he gets in Barcelona and around the world, Lionel Messi has spoken about his desire to return to Argentina towards the end of his career.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner moved to Spain from his hometown Rosario at the age of 13 after catching the eye of scouts from Barcelona.

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‘I don’t know what I sign’, Messi tells judge in fraud case: report

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Barcelona (AFP) Argentina star Lionel Messi, who is due to go on trial in Barcelona for alleged tax fraud, told a judge that he never looks at the contracts he signs, the El Periodico daily said Monday.

The newspaper got access to Messi's September 2013 statement to a judge and published extracts just a day before the five-time World Player of the Year and his father stand trial.

‘I don’t know what I sign’, Messi tells judge in fraud case: report

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Barcelona (AFP) Argentina star Lionel Messi, who is due to go on trial in Barcelona for alleged tax fraud, told a judge that he never looks at the contracts he signs, the El Periodico daily said Monday.

The newspaper got access to Messi's September 2013 statement to a judge and published extracts just a day before the five-time World Player of the Year and his father stand trial.

Five key moments from the Champions League final

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Milan (AFP) Five key moments from Real Madrid's penalty shootout victory over Atletico Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final:

Ramos strikes

Sergio Ramos fired Real Madrid into a 15th-minute lead to cap a bright start from Zinedine Zidane's side. After breaking Atletico hearts with a stoppage-time equaliser in an eventual 4-1 extra-time victory when the two sides met in the 2014 final in Lisbon, Spain international Ramos delivered another painful blow to Real's city rivals.

Five key moments from the Champions League final

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Milan (AFP) Five key moments from Real Madrid's penalty shootout victory over Atletico Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final:

Ramos strikes

Sergio Ramos fired Real Madrid into a 15th-minute lead to cap a bright start from Zinedine Zidane's side. After breaking Atletico hearts with a stoppage-time equaliser in an eventual 4-1 extra-time victory when the two sides met in the 2014 final in Lisbon, Spain international Ramos delivered another painful blow to Real's city rivals.

Messi feeling better after injury scare – doctor

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Lionel Messi's condition had improved Saturday after the Barcelona superstar suffered a back injury in Argentina's 1-0 friendly victory over Honduras, reports citing team medical officials said.

Team doctor Daniel Martinez told La Nacion newspaper that Messi felt less pain in his lower back a day after being left writhing in agony after a heavy collision with a Honduran opponent in the far western city of San Juan.

Messi feeling better after injury scare – doctor

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Lionel Messi's condition had improved Saturday after the Barcelona superstar suffered a back injury in Argentina's 1-0 friendly victory over Honduras, reports citing team medical officials said.

Team doctor Daniel Martinez told La Nacion newspaper that Messi felt less pain in his lower back a day after being left writhing in agony after a heavy collision with a Honduran opponent in the far western city of San Juan.

Messi to give tax fraud testimony on June 2

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will give evidence along with his fatherfor allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of over four million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes on June 2, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

The trial, which is expected to last four days, will start on May 31, but Messi is not obliged to attend the full hearing as Spanish prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of less than two years.

Messi to give tax fraud testimony on June 2

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will give evidence along with his fatherfor allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of over four million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes on June 2, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

The trial, which is expected to last four days, will start on May 31, but Messi is not obliged to attend the full hearing as Spanish prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of less than two years.

Messi to give tax fraud testimony on June 2

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will give evidence along with his fatherfor allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of over four million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes on June 2, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

The trial, which is expected to last four days, will start on May 31, but Messi is not obliged to attend the full hearing as Spanish prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of less than two years.

Messi to give tax fraud testimony on June 2

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will give evidence along with his fatherfor allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of over four million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes on June 2, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

The trial, which is expected to last four days, will start on May 31, but Messi is not obliged to attend the full hearing as Spanish prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of less than two years.

Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America

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Chicago (AFP) Goal-line technology will be used in next month's Copa America Centenario, organizers announced Wednesday, selecting Hawk-Eye as the supplier for the camera replay system.

Five of the 10 top-ranked national teams in the world will take the field for the 100th anniversary edition of the South American tournament, a special event hosted by the United States starting June 3.

Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America

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Chicago (AFP) Goal-line technology will be used in next month's Copa America Centenario, organizers announced Wednesday, selecting Hawk-Eye as the supplier for the camera replay system.

Five of the 10 top-ranked national teams in the world will take the field for the 100th anniversary edition of the South American tournament, a special event hosted by the United States starting June 3.

Barcelona win Copa del Rey for 28th time

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Madrid (AFP) Jordi Alba and Neymar struck in extra-time as Barcelona completed a league and Cup double by lifting the Copa del Rey for a 28th time after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in a fiery game that saw three red cards on Sunday.

Javier Mascherano's dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barca on the backfoot and they were further depleted when 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second period.

Barcelona win Copa del Rey for 28th time

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Madrid (AFP) Jordi Alba and Neymar struck in extra-time as Barcelona completed a league and Cup double by lifting the Copa del Rey for a 28th time after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in a fiery game that saw three red cards on Sunday.

Javier Mascherano's dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barca on the backfoot and they were further depleted when 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second period.

‘MSN’ lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

Luis Suarez is looking for his 60th goal of an incredible season as the Uruguayan is again paired with Lionel Messi and Neymar up front.

‘MSN’ lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

Luis Suarez is looking for his 60th goal of an incredible season as the Uruguayan is again paired with Lionel Messi and Neymar up front.

Suarez outguns Messi, Ronaldo to fire Barcelona to title

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Barcelona (AFP) In little under two years with Barcelona, Luis Suarez has won six trophies, silenced his critics with almost impeccable on-field behaviour and now, most remarkably of all, left Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in his shadow.

Suarez fittingly scored a hat-trick as Barca retained their La Liga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Granada to take his tally for the season to a remarkable 59 allied to 26 assists.

Suarez outguns Messi, Ronaldo to fire Barcelona to title

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Barcelona (AFP) In little under two years with Barcelona, Luis Suarez has won six trophies, silenced his critics with almost impeccable on-field behaviour and now, most remarkably of all, left Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in his shadow.

Suarez fittingly scored a hat-trick as Barca retained their La Liga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Granada to take his tally for the season to a remarkable 59 allied to 26 assists.

Suarez hat-trick fires Barca to La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge.

Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals.

Suarez hat-trick fires Barca to La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge.

Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals.

Suarez hat-trick fires Barca to La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge.

Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals.

Suarez hat-trick fires Barca to La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge.

Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals.

Five keys to Barcelona’s La Liga triumph

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona claimed their 24th La Liga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Granada.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five key reasons why Luis Enrique's men retained their title despite a thrilling chase from Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Survived Messi's injury absence

When five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went down with knee ligament damage against Las Palmas in September ruling him out for two months, the time seemed ripe for Barca's title rivals to capitalise.

Five keys to Barcelona’s La Liga triumph

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona claimed their 24th La Liga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Granada.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five key reasons why Luis Enrique's men retained their title despite a thrilling chase from Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Survived Messi's injury absence

When five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went down with knee ligament damage against Las Palmas in September ruling him out for two months, the time seemed ripe for Barca's title rivals to capitalise.

Copa America 2016

Saturday Ticker: Messi injury, Hull City and more

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After leaving Argentina's friendly against Honduras on Friday, Lionel Messi's Copa America status is up in the air with the tournament looming.

Messi exited Friday's match in the 64th minute after taking a knee to the lower back during Argentina's 1-0 victory. Argentina team doctor Daniel Martinez says their star attacker was suffering from "intense pain" but further scans haven't revealed any bone damage.

Messi, Suarez, James Rodriguez headline Copa America rosters

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Organizers of the 2016 Copa America unveiled the final 23-man rosters for the tournament, and the level of competition should be high.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Chicharito Hernandez and Arturo Vidal are among the players named to their respective squads. Rosters were submitted on Friday, and teams have until 24 hours before the opening match on June 3 to make replacements due to serious injury.