Spanish Court Sentences Barcelona Star, Lionel Messi, To 21 months In Prison For Tax Fraud!!!


Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in jail in Spain for tax fraud – although Spanish laws mean that he will not serve any time in prison. The 29-year-old was also handed a massive €2m fine for the three tax offences he was found guilty of, with his father Jorge Messi also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009. Prosecutors in the trial said tax havens in Belize and Uruguay were used to conceal earnings from image rights, but the player insisted in 2013:

“I never read the contracts. I don’t know what I’m signing.”

Criminals sentenced to less than two years can be suspended under Spanish law – as shown by Messi’s Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano, who was sentenced to 12 months in jail for tax offences of his own. He also said:

“I trust my dad. He’s the one who manages things for me, and I do what he tells me,” adding “At the end of the year I read the summary of what I have, of what I have made during the year. But I don’t ask where the money comes from. I know the club pays me and that’s it.”

This will surely be appealed!