La Liga: Complaint accusing Lionel Messi of fraud, money laundering dropped by the Spanish court

La Liga: A Spanish court dismissed Friday a new complaint filed in 2020 against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi by a man who accuses the Argentine footballer of fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering.

Federico Rettori, an Argentine national living in Spain who claims he formerly worked for Messi’s charity, had filed a similar complaint in 2019 which was also dismissed.

In it, he claimed that funds received by the foundation which “should have been directed to social causes” instead went “towards various private activities or bank accounts that differed from those that were declared by the foundation.”

Spanish Court dismisses fraud case against Lionel Messi - KokoLevel BlogIn the complaint Rettori filed in 2020 he again named the Barcelona striker, the charity, his father Jorge, and brother Rodrigo, and added more documents to try to back his claims.

World’s Best Paid Footballers: Barcelona legend Lionel Messi still ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr despite 50% wage cut

But Spain’s National Court said in its ruling that after two years of investigating “no criminal activity on the part of the people targeted by the complaint could be proven.

The court also said Rettori was never employed by Messi’s foundation.

Instead, he headed an association called “El Buen Camino“, or “The Right Path“, which received 150,000 euros ($177,000) in 2014 and 2015 to fight infant mortality in Sierra Leone, the court said.

This project was aborted due to an Ebola epidemic in the West African country.

ALSO READ: ISL 2021-22: Bengaluru FC rope in Congolese striker Prince Ibara ahead of AFC Cup play-off