Argentina football player and Barcelona F.C superstar Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. This was the decision of a court in Barcelona which found him guilty of three counts of tax fraud.
The soccer star’s father, Jorge, also got his own share as he was sentenced to 21 months in prison for the same three crimes as his son.
The statement added that the sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court.
During the trial, Lionel Messi said he “knew nothing” about the management of his financial affairs, saying his father dealt with them while he was “playing football”.
However, the five time Ballon D’Or winner and his father may not get to see the gruesome walls of prison. Under Spanish law, a prison sentence that falls under two years can be served under probation.
The duo can appeal the sentence through the Spanish Supreme Court if they so desire.
In the meantime, the court has ordered Messi to pay a fine of around €2 million and his father to pay €1,5 million for their tax fraud.
In a similar case involving Messi’s team mate Neymar, the 24-year-old renowned Brazilian footballer had some of his assets blocked. The decision was taken by a federal court in Sao Paulo Brazil as a result of tax evasion.
Neymar was banned from using almost $50 million worth of assets. The assets include a yacht, a jet and other properties.
Neymar was accused of tax evasion between 2011 and 2013. Aparently, Neymar did not pay a huge sum of 63.3 million reais ($15.7 million) in taxes between 2011 and 2013. However, the judge froze three times that amount he owed for security reasons and to cover potential interest and fines, according to a judicial order explaining the action