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High-profile tax fraud cases could hurt Spanish soccer

MADRID (AP) Now that the season is over, Lionel Messi is getting ready to go to court.

Messi will appear in front of a judge this week to defend himself from accusations he failed to properly pay taxes for part of his earnings from Barcelona, becoming the latest high-profile player to have to deal with Spain's tough tax system.

Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Adriano and Xabi Alonso also had to deal with Spanish tax authorities recently.