Panama Papers or Panama Leaks has shocked the world. The document consists of super-rich people who have a variety of backgrounds such as politicians, businessmen, celebrities, even sportsmen like Lionel Messi. As we know, the case of Panama Papers has made the Prime Minister of Iceland was forced to resign from his post. The famous personalities who appear on the document was angry and upset, so did Messi, the mega star of Barcelona, which is also the national football player from Argentina.
Lionel Messi upset with the issue stating himself that has been considered to shy away from its obligations as a taxpayer, by setting up a shell corporation in Panama. The issue was revealed as a document of the clients of the law firm, Mossack Fonseca in Panama. Through a written statement, Messi has denied the issue.
|Lionel Messi. Image: sigmalive.com|
Is this issue also affects the appearance of Messi in the Champions League, where Barca was defeated by Atletico Madrid, 2 - 0. Messi had failed to make goal for Barca. Meanwhile, the main competitor, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid remained victorious. As we know, Barcelona after losing for the third time in four games, after they were unbeaten in 39 games in the last six months.
If Lionel Messi found guilty of making a shell company in Panama, and especially if he is proven to have evaded taxes, then Messi was forced to go to prison for 22 months. According to ibtimes.com, So far, his endorsement deals and standing as a beloved global star have been unaffected and Messi appears unlikely to suffer a major hit to his multimillion-dollar brand — as long as the world’s favorite soccer player can stay out of jail.
If Messi detained or imprisoned, the many sponsors from various famous brands would withdraw their support and sponsorship for Lionel Messi. If this happens, then Messi will lose millions of dollars, and his career in football can be disrupted. Loyal fans and the club do not want Messi suffered this problem, which is caused by Panama Papers.
There are many countries that have committed to seriously examine the names that exist in Panama Papers. They are alleged to have cheated to get their wealth, and do not report their assets to the state of their own. As the Cayman Island, Labuan or the British Virgin Islands, then Panama is also a haven for tax evaders from many countries such as China, Europe, Africa, and Indonesia.
Now, there are hundreds of people who are anxious and scared by sanctions and penalties that will be imposed on them if they prove to have tax evasion and hiding their assets status. There are large fines and the threat of prison sentences await them. Panama should no longer be the loveliest place to hide for tax evasion.
The story of Panama Papers is a valuable lesson for entrepreneurs, politicians, celebrities, athletes and anyone who wants to hide from their obligations to pay taxes.