Lionel Messi, faced with troubles.
Lionel Messi, the Argentine football superstar and star player of FC Barcelona in Spain, was found guilty of tax fraud by a Spanish court in July, and subsequently sentenced to serve 21 months behind bars. Messi’s father, Jorge Messi was also found guilty and sentenced to time behind bars. But according to the peculiarities of the Spanish penal system, neither of the two is expected to actually serve any real jail term. This is because prison sentences under 2 years can possibly be served under probation in Spain.
Messi and his father were accused of defrauding the country of over 4 million Euros, and using tax havens like Uruguay and Belize to conceal earnings from Messi’s image rights. According to Mr. Anderson, a business lawyer who works closely with the Santa Cruz Law HQ, which is a referral service for attorneys, such a disgraceful event could have been avoided if the Messis had employed the services and counsel of a business attorney. According to him, “there are peculiarities in every jurisdiction that have to be taken into account when trying reduce an individual’s, or business’s tax burden. Some jurisdictions frown on certain practices, and others don’t, so the important thing is to avoid any sort of legal battles down the road, which may end up costing the individual or business, much more money”.
More about Messi
With over 500 goals to his him, Lionel Messi’s career is definitely one of the most illustrious in football sporting history. The player who grew up dreaming to play for his favorite team, achieved his dream at the age of 13, when he joined Barcelona’s youth training program. He made his first major team debut at the age of 16, when he was brought into the match at the 75th minute, but officially became a member of FC Barcelona after signing the contract on his 18th birthday. Some of Messi’s achievements since then include:
– Five-time winner of Fifa’s Ballon d’Or as the best footballer in the world.
– Four times winner of the Uefa Champions league with FC Barcelona.
– Eight times winner of the Spanish La Liga with FC Barcelona.
– All time leading scorer of Argentina with 55 goals to his name.
– Olympic football gold medal with the Argentine National team in 2008.
The Sports Agent vs the Sports Lawyer
According to Mr. Anderson from the www.SantaCruzLawHQ.com, Messi’s single biggest mistake is to have left the total management of his affairs to his father. In this case, his father has been acting as his agent, but while agents are very helpful in securing plenty of opportunities for an athlete, it’s the lawyer that keeps him out of trouble. “An experienced sports or business lawyer would have advised Mr. Messi against the methods he used, and probably offered alternatives that would have kept him out of trouble” concluded Mr. Anderson.
It’s human nature to try to do things by ourselves sometimes, but there are times that you really need a professional’s services. This is especially true if you are a successful footballer like Messi is. Most people will also complain that they have no contact to good lawyers, so they try things by themselves, but that is the reason for lawyer referral services like santacruzlawhq.com, they connect you quickly and easily with the best lawyer or legal representative that you need. Check them out at their Divorce Attorney Scoop.it Profile if you need to as well.