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Prosecutors would swap prison for fine in Messi tax fraud case

Prosecutors would swap prison for fine in Messi tax fraud case

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has offered to pay an additional fine of 500,000 euros (£439,000) to ensure he avoids a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud that a judge is expected to suspend, a Spanish state prosecutor said. Gaggioli talks about a time when he was still trying hard to land Messi a trial with Barcelona and how it could have been Real Madrid instead.

'Due to life circumstances, I went to live in Barcelona, and I brought him to Barca for a trial. "But I was about to live in Madrid", Gaggioli was quoted as saying by Globoesporte, according to ESPN.

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Real Madrid reportedly tried to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona past year but were rejected by the No 10 for the third time. "That's life, those are the details", he added.

The daily fine would come on top of the 2.09-million-euro fine Messi was also given when he and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud in a trial past year and sentenced to 21 months in jail.

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Messi's rise as a global superstar didn't really look possible after he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11 which stopped his normal growth rate. I did not have a good impression.

Widely considered an all-time great, Messi's current deal expires in 2018, but given the emotional connection he's built in Spain's second largest city and its reaffirmation, it's hard to see him playing for another giant of European football. No wander he has won the Ballon d'or a record 5 times ahead of his rival Cristiano Ronaldo on 4 and most others on 3.

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The attacker has till now scored 510 goals, as well as created a further 231, in 585 appearances to cement his name in the folklore of Barcelona as their greatest ever player.