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BARCELONA (APP) – Argentinian football star Lionel Messi, one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, will stand on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Spain of over four million euros in unpaid taxes.

After winning a league and Cup double with Barcelona, the five-time World Player of the Year and his father will face allegations of tax fraud that have dogged them since June 2013.

The trial will run until June 2, the day when Messi is due to testify along with his father. The court appearance comes just days before he joins his Argentina teammates for the Copa America in the United States.

Argentina take on defending champions Chile in their first game of the tournament in California on June 6.