The most popular Argentina and Barcelona football player Lionel Messi is sentenced to 21 months jail term. Yes, you heard it right! But reason? Well, he has done a tax fraud.
Moreover he also has to pay a fine of 2 million Euros. Reports say that the football player was found guilty by 3 counts of tax fraud by a Spanish City court today. However, he wouldn’t be jailed because as per Spanish law, a prison sentence for a 1st time non-violent crime is allowed to be served under probation for 2 years.
Even his father Jorge was found guilty by the court and is handed the same jail sentence. His father too has to pay a fine of 1.5 million Euros.
Spanish tax office accused both the men of doing a tax fraud of 4.2 million Euros with the government between the years 2007-2009. It was found that the duo had used a web of shell companies for evading taxes on the income which is earned from the image rights of the player.
Now a statement by Barcelona local court says that they can appeal to the Supreme court. Already the father-son due have paid 5 million Euros to tax authorities when formal investigations had started. This amount was paid as a ‘corrective measure’. So all you Messi fans, what do you have to say about this? Do let us know your comments in our comments section below!