SPANISH tax agency swarms Barcelona’s Lionel Messi’s private jet
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi had a nasty shock on Wednesday, November 18 when he returned from international duty with Argentina to find Spanish tax agents waiting for him as he touched down in Barcelona.
Messi, 33, didn’t even have a chance to enter the terminal before up to five officials boarded the customised jet, complete with a kitchen and two bathrooms, and asked the Barcelona captain and the entire crew to provide documentation.
Spanish sports daily, Marca, reported that Messi was ordered to pay tax as he eventually headed through customs at Barcelona’s El Prat airport.
Speaking to reporters upon arrival, he said: “After 15 hours of flying, I come up against people from the tax agency asking questions. It’s crazy.”
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