'P*** off and play in Panama! - Messi heckled when arriving at court

The Barcelona forward's lawyer Enrique Bacigalupo was present when proceedings began on Tuesday, but the 28-year-old arrived to testify personally on Thursday.

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi arrives at court.

Lionel Messi was greeted with abuse upon his arrival at the Eighth Court of Barcelona to testify in a tax case.

Messi and his father, Jorge, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud worth €4.1million which date back to a period from 2007 to 2009. The Barcelona forward's lawyer Enrique Bacigalupo was present when proceedings began on Tuesday, but the 28-year-old arrived to testify personally on Thursday.

Messi was met with a mixed reaction during his walk up the courthouse steps, but one voice from the crowd jeered: "P*** off and play in Panama, b*****d!"

Messi is due to represent Argentina in the first match of its Copa America Centenario campaign against 2015 winner Chile in California on Monday.

 

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