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Report: Lionel Messi considering future Barcelona departure due to tax problems in Spain

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As Barcelona fans, we know -- and hope, wish, pray, expect -- that Lionel Messi will retire as a Blaugrana. But according to some reports, he might not.

Spanish outlet Cadena COPE is reporting that the Argentinian superstar is annoyed by what he sees as a campaign against him from the Spanish authorities, who constantly investigate the player for alleged tax frauds. In the latest development, Messi and his father will stand trial over another accusation of tax evasion from several years ago.

Because of the constant accusations and the changing perception of the general public in regards to his image due to these recurring problems, Leo might be pondering a future move away from Spain, not to a competitive league, but to an easier one that allows him to end his career without the government pointing fingers at him every year.

This particular conversation has been brought up before, and we all know that it's very unlikely that Messi leaves the club he's played for since he was thirteen years old, because of pride and the love from his fans and peers. However, with these tax issues coming back time and time again, there might a slight chance that Leo considers leaving before he says goodbye to playing football.

Again, it's highly unlikely, but there is a small chance that with five or seven more years of annoying tax stuff, we might see Messi playing in the MLS or for some team in Qatar.