Football star, Lionel Messi sentenced to 21months for tax fraud in Spain, but should avoid jail

Lionel Messi

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been given a 21-month jail sentence for tax evasion – but is unlikely to go to prison.

According to SkySports, Messi and his father, Jorge, received the same sentence but under Spanish law a jail sentence under two years for a first-time non-violent crime can be served on probation, meaning they are unlikely to be imprisoned.

A Barcelona court found both men guilty of three counts of tax fraud. The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court, a statement said.

The court ordered Messi to pay a fine of around £1.7m and his father to pay £1.27m.

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