Messi accused of not paying €4m in taxes
Footballer Lionel Messi, right, is facing legal action for €4m in unpaid income tax in Spain.
The state prosecutor also took action against the Barcelona star's father, Jorge Horacio Messi. Both are accused of three offences against the public purse for allegedly defrauding millions on income tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The complaint, signed by prosecutor Raquel Amado, was submitted for trial at the court in Gava, the upmarket Barcelona suburb where the Argentina forward lives.
A judge must accept the prosecutor's lawsuit before charges can be brought against Messi and his father.
Barcelona yesterday declined to comment.
Messi had the day off after playing for his national team in Quito, where Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Ecuador in a qualifying match for next year's World Cup.