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Tax authorities tighten screw on Spanish clubs

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News that the Spanish tax authorities intend to pursue World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi on charges of avoiding more than four million euros ($5.2 million) tax on income from his image rights has captured world attention. 

Argentinian football star Lionel Messi gives a press conference on June 27, 2013 in Mbour. News that the Spanish tax authorities intend to pursue World Footballer of the Year Messi on charges of avoiding more than four million euros ($5.2 million) tax on income from his image rights has captured world attention.

The Spanish taxman's focus on the previously squeaky-clean Argentine superstar is in keeping with a more robust approach to the world of football when it comes to paying their dues to society in a time of economic crisis.

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