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Spanish prosecutor agrees to drop case against Lionel Messi

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BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi's public relations firm says a Spanish state prosecutor has agreed to drop the Argentinian footballer from a tax fraud case involving Messi and his father.

PHOTO: Argentina's Lionel Messi answers a question at a news conference after a training session in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. Argentina plays in group F of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Argentina's Lionel Messi answers a question at a news conference after a training session in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. Argentina plays in group F of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Messi's father, Jorge Horacio Messi, is apparently still under investigation for an alleged 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from Messi's image rights from 2007-09.

Messi's public relations firm confirmed Spanish media reports that the state prosecutor has asked for Messi to be dropped from the investigation that began in June 2013.

The statement says the prosecutor's request shows "the player was unaware and on the margin of the financial and business structure that his financial advisers had created to manage his income and obligatory fiscal payments."

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