Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, a four-time world soccer player of the year, and his father have paid Spanish authorities $6.6 million.They were initially charged with filing false tax returns between 2007 and 2009.
The “reparatory” payment was made last August and includes interest, the High Court said in a statement.
The payment comes more than two months after Messi paid $13 million in taxes for the tax period of 2010-2011.
The Messis are still due to appear in a court hearing on September 17, although their attorney had asked for it to be postponed as he had another commitment that day, the court statement added.
A decision is expected within two days.
Tax fraud case
Both defendants, who denied the charges, allegedly hid more than $5.25 million by filing incomplete tax returns for the years 2007-2009.
When it went public that he was under investigation, Messi defended himself on his Facebook page, claiming that he had done anything wrong.
“We are surprised about the news, because we have never committed any infringement,” he said in June. “We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants, who will take care of clarifying this situation.”