Yes, the Argentine and Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi has been sentenced for 21 months in prison for tax fraud. Also, Messi along with Father, Jorege Messi, was given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009. Messi face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.
However, neither man is expected to serve time in jail.
Under the Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation. The sentence can be appealed against via the Spanish supreme court.
When asked about this Messi said in court last month: “I was playing football; I had no idea about anything. I trusted my dad and my lawyers.”
During the trial, Messi said he never suspected any wrongdoing when his father would ask him to sign contracts or documents relating to his image rights, a lucrative source of income for any athlete of his calibre.
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