Lionel Messed-up: Argentina crash in Russia as Panama papers open up new tax questions

June 22- Lionel Messi is not having the happiest of times. On Thursday his Argentina were dismantled by Croatia 3-0 as the team’s talisman failed to muster any sort of resistance against the Europeans.  On top of that abject performance new data from the Panama Papers has revealed more of his offshore secrets. 

The Croatians were rampant against a tragic Argentina, who were outplayed in all areas of the field. Messi was invisible and drowned in Argentina’s misery. That misery has been compounded by a new document from the law firm Mossack Fonseca suggesting Messi did not declare all his active off-shore accounts in his recent tax fraud case.

The Panama Papers disclosed that Messi owned an offshore company Mega Star Enterprises in the country. When questioned about Mega Star Entreprises, Messi and his father said the company was “totally inactive”.

At the time, Messi was under investigation from Spanish authorities on charges that he and his father Jorge Messi founded offshore companies in both Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes. He received a 21-month suspended sentence and fined $2.2 million.

But the release of new e-mails cast a doubt over the innocence of Mega Star Entreprises. The “Uruguay office tells me that the client is using the company,” a law firm employee wrote in May 2016, a month later, according to Reuters.

The family of Argentine president Marci have also been implicated in the Panama Papers.

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