Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud.
His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.
They also 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.”
‘I knew nothing’, Messi tells court
The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday’s ruling by the court in Barcelona.
As well as the jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m “corrective payment”, equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.
The sentence can be appealed against via the Spanish supreme court.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Lionel Messi, this happens. First off lets look at this from the top. The so called “best soccer player” on the planet gets sentenced to 21 months for tax fraud. How fucking stupid can you and the people around you be, the guy made over $73 million dollars in 2015. I don’t know how international tax laws work, but I’m going to guess a guy like him could have hired an accountant in the first place to take care of all this bullshit and not be first place.
“Using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights” This situation sounds like a scene out of a movie where your dad’s sketchy friend who you’ve known all your life comes up with this great plan to help make your money grow into more money and at the end of the conversation when you agree he says “trust me, nothing bad can happen.”
I’m not going to sit here and say Messi did or didn’t know what was going on here. But at the end of the day nothing is going to happen to him because when your a star of his caliber you can just spend spend spend spend all the money in the world to live above the law.