‘Messi should be acquitted’

Raquel Amado, representing the prosecution in Lionel Messi’s trial for tax evasion, recommends the Barcelona forward be acquitted.

Mundo Deportivo reports Amado saying in court on Friday, the last day of the trial, that as there is no way to prove the Argentina international knew of the schemes to allegedly evade more than €4m tax in image rights, he should be acquitted.

However, Leo’s father Jorge Messi, also on trial for his alleged role in the offshore arrangements, is recommended to face months’ jail time as the prosecution insists he was aware of the network of accounts in Belize and Uruguay.

Leo Messi told the court in his testimony that he had no interest in his financial arrangements as he is ‘devoted to playing football.

A verdict has yet to be rendered on the allegations.

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