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Lionel Messi reveals he nearly left Barcelona in wake of tax charges

Lionel Messi reveals he nearly left Barcelona in wake of tax charges

L ionel Messi plans to end his career at Barcelona despite admitting he wanted to quit the club and the country in the wake of his tax bill row with the Spanish government. The Argentina international was found guilty of defrauding the authorities of £3.6 million between 2007 and 2009 and, despite having made a corrective payment of £4.4m in 2013,

Taxing times: Lionel Messi reveals he considered Barcelona exit over tax fraud charges

Taxing times: Lionel Messi reveals he considered Barcelona exit over tax fraud charges

The thought of Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi walking away from the club may seem nonsensical to many football fans, but the Argentine ace said it very nearly happened back in 2016. Speaking to Barcelona-based radio station RAC1 on Wednesday, Messi revealed that the stresses of fighting with the Spanish tax authorities over an investigation over tax