Messi Sentenced to Prison

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

Messi and his father, Jorge, have received the same sentence but under Spanish law a prison sentence under two years can be served on probation, meaning they are unlikely to serve any time.

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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