Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has had a lawsuit filed against him for avoiding tax payments.
The 25-year-old striker, along with his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are both accused of three offenses against the public purse for allegedly defrauding more than €4million in income tax returns in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The complaint, signed by prosecutor Raquel Amado - a state prosecutor for the northeastern region of Catalonia, was submitted for trial at the courthouse in Gava, where the €11million a-year Argentine lives.
A judge at the courthouse must accept the prosecutor's lawsuit before charges can be brought against Messi and his father.
Barcelona declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Messi is enjoying a day off after playing for his national team in Quito, where Argentina was held to 1-1 by Ecuador in a qualifying match for the World Cup.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has said Messi was expected to be included in the line up for a friendly against Guatemala on Friday.