Barcelona Super star Football Player Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months of jail for three counts of tax fraud. Barcelona court found Messi guilty in tax fraud case on Wednesday, 6 July 2016. Along with Lionel, his father Jorge Messi is also found guilty in tax fraud case.
As per latest updates, Lionel Messi has appealed the decision in Spanish Supreme Court. Last month Lionel Messi announced his retirement from International Football after his team lost in Euro Cup 2016 against Chile.
However, under Spanish law a prison sentence less than 2 years can be served under trial which means Lionel Messi and his father are unlikely to go to jail. The Barcelona court also ordered Messi to pay a fine of 2 million euros (approx. 15 Crore INR) and his father to pay 1.5 million euros for the crimes.
Messi continued that he knew nothing about an alleged tax evasion scheme when he signed contracts related to image rights. Lionel and his father Jorge were accused by the Spanish tax office of defrauding the government of 4.2 million euros between 2007 and 2009.