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Messi relaxed on taxes and Neymar

ESPN staff
July 17, 2013
Lionel Messi says Neymar is a great player © Getty Images

Lionel Messi says he is relaxed about solving his tax problems and about the arrival of Brazil star Neymar at Barcelona.

Speaking after training on Wednesday, Messi said, "I'm very relaxed," adding he was at a distance from financial matters.

Messi and his father Jorge have been ordered by a Spanish court to appear before a judge in September over allegations that they defrauded the Spanish tax office of €4 million ($5.3m).

His law firm says the tax fraud allegations are baseless but they will settle any debt, if necessary.

Messi said Neymar was "a great player" who will have no problem adapting to Barcelona.

He said Neymar was the type of player who can unsettle opponents in one-on-one situations, and off the field he was "a good guy."

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