Lionel Messi, arguably the world’s best soccer player, may have to work on his off-the-field defence – at home – after two Argentine publications published photos showing the married soccer superstar gallivanting with an alleged stripper.
The Barcelona striker was allegedly pictured on the cover of Argentina’s Pronto magazine with a blonde dancer in a Las Vegas nightclub.
In the photo, his hands were wrapped around her waist and his face was pressed against her chest.
The photo is the latest scandal for Messi, one of the best soccer players of his generation.
Messi paid $13 million in back taxes to the Spanish government last month and is looking to settle an alleged $5 million debt that led to tax fraud accusations.
The payments covered his image rights for 2010 and 2011, Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia reported.
The Spanish paper suggested the player is looking to reach an agreement on millions more he allegedly owes the government.
The payment could help Messi and his father, Jorge, avoid a court appearance Sept. 17 in Gava.