Lionel Messi today announced his retirement from tax evasion after being handed a suspended sentence of 21 months in a Spanish court.
Speaking after the judgement was handed down, the Barcelona and Argentina forward admitted that the time was right for him to move on and start focussing on paying his taxes.
“It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over,” said the 29-year-old, adding that it would hurt to leave behind something he devoted his life towards.
“I am a romantic, so perhaps I kept going longer than I should have. But when your faced with a major setback like this you have to reevaluate things. I tried as hard as I could, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
In response to his announcement, members of the offshore financial communities in Panama and the Cayman Islands have reportedly signed a petition in an attempt to change the player’s mind.