After that tax verdict, the president of Spanish football, Javier Tebas is worried about Lionel Messi’s playing in the Barcelona, he said that he worried that Messi could leave and play for another country.
This was good new for the English fans and specially Man City fans as they expect Messi to play for their team after they assigned pep guardiola as new coach.
At the time of appointment Pep said that Messi will play for Barcelona till his retirement but after that tax verdict Messi may be not playing for Barcelona.
Javier Tebas defended and said Messi is innocent, Messi and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of $4.6 million.
Javier Tebas said: “Of course I fear that [Messi] could leave, but the only thing I can tell him is that from La Liga we believe he isn’t guilty and we are happy to have him here.”
On Wednesday, a court sentenced Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, to 21 months in prison.
Tebas clarified that the court ruled Messi and his father guilty of three counts of tax fraud. “They were three verdicts of seven months each, not one of 21,”
He said. “They were not that severe. We are talking about process that wasn’t properly followed. I don’t think Messi is a criminal. He fell victim to a faulty fiscal structure which will be changed.”
Tebas added that Messi has paid more than 61m euro to Spain and with that money “hospitals and roads have been built.”
“There is no prejudice or personal attack against Messi or against Barcelona,” he said. “The world of sport is under investigation.”
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Friday sent Messi another message of support via Twitter.
Leo, those who attack you are attacking Barça and its history. We’ll defend you to the end. Together forever!
– Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) July 8, 2016
Barcelona quickly expressed their support of Messi following the ruling, saying they believed he and his father were innocent.
The 5 time winner of the Ballon d’Or for the world’s best player, Messi is facing the most difficult moment in his glorious career.