The Barcelona and Argentina football star, Lionel Messi, who is on trial for alleged tax fraud in Spain appeared in court today where he told a court he had no involvement in the management of his financial affairs."I was playing football, I knew nothing," he said.
Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, are accused of defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.2m; $4.6m). The authorities allege that the two used tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights, an accusation the 28-year-old footballer and his father denied. More photos below;