We’re about to dip into some a weird tax fraud conspiracy theory featuring soccer legend Lionel Messi and an unhappy Florentino Perez.

Some new light has been shed on the infamous tax evasion case involving Barcelona FC star Lionel Messi, and according to a report, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez might have had a hand in the instigation of the case.

The allegation goes that Perez used his influence to persuade the Spanish government to look into Messi’s tax payments. This resulted in a full-blown investigation that led to one of the biggest scandals in all of football. This comes via world football insider Gianluca Di Marzio’s latest book: