Messi Avoids Tax Fraud, But His Father May Face Jail Time

While Lionel Messi will certainly be disappointed with the knee injury suffered against Las Palmas late last month, there is at least some silver lining in his personal life. Spanish prosecutors have dropped charges of tax fraud against the Argentine phenom. His father – Jorge Messi – however, was not as fortunate. For Messi charges dropped; for his father the hammer might drop.

Premier League TV Deal Will Have A Major Impact On Transfers. Just Not The One You Think.

It will come as no surprise to even the greenest of soccer fans that, while money can’t buy you love, it can certainly buy you a solid full-back or a game-changing winger with quicksilver in his heels and an eye for goal. And a lot of money (£5.13bn or $7.91bn to be precise), spread across the Premier League’s 20 clubs, can buy a lot of quality players – and, in turn, a bigger and better Premier League TV deal – or so conventional logic would have us believe.

Brazilian Court Freezes $50 Million Of Neymar's Assets Due To Tax Evasion Case

For Pete's sake, Neymar, do your taxes.

The Brazilian striker has had assets totalling $47.75 million frozen by a Brazilian court due to tax evasion charges. 

Neymar makes about $14 million in salary and $17 million in endorsements. That is enough money for someone to live on even if he pays his taxes.

Transfer Fee History: How Much Did Real Madrid Pay For James Rodriguez?

James Rodriguez made a big splash at the 2014 World Cup, prompting Real Madrid to spend a boatload of money to buy the Colombian attacking midfielder from Monaco. We went through Rodriguez's transfer histry to figure out how much he cost each time he was bought and sold throughout his career.

James Rodriguez Transfer Fee History and Appreciation On Spend

What Is Lionel Messi's Net Worth? And How Much Is His Salary?

Lionel Messi is one of the richest athletes in the world in 2015. He may not be the richest soccer player – that honor goes to Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid – but he's certainly close. And, as of 2014, Lionel Messi had the highest salary (overall earnings) of any footballer.

So exactly how much is Messi worth, and how much does he get paid?

Video: New FIFA 16 Commercial Stars Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero And ... Kobe Bryant

Last week, EA Sports released its new "Play Beautiful" commercial for FIFA 16 and, boy, is it a star-studded affair.

We could try to do justice to the ridiculousness of it by describing the celebrity players featured – Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Alex Morgan, Kobe Bryant to name a few – and stream-of-conscious flow of the action. But, instead, we'll just let you watch and bask in the awesome over-the-top-ness of it all.

20 Numbers That Explain James Rodriguez's Career

Colombian James Rodriguez has nearly doubled his value in the transfer market since joining Real Madrid. Rodriguez has done this despite not having won La Liga, the Copa del Rey or the Champions League, and despite spending time away from the field due to injuries (he suffered a thigh tear with Colombia during the most recent international break and is expected to be out for several weeks).

Rodriguez’s career at Real Madrid so far seems to be all about numbers, so here are the 20 numbers we would use to explain how it’s gone so far for the young attacking mid.

The Most Successful Man In Football (Again) Will Never Play A Single Game This Year.

It is hard to imagine that, in a transfer period that has seen a 19-year-old acquired for €80 million, Angel Di Maria somehow move to a better team, and Arsenal get the keeper that they always needed, that the winner of the 15/16 transfer window won’t play on a single professional pitch this year. He won’t even be in the technical area. As a matter of fact, he could theoretically go an entire year without stepping foot inside a stadium, and still do his job. It would be very hard to actually do that, but knowing the pedigree of this man, I wouldn’t put it beyond him.