Lionel Messi and his father were each handed a 21 month prison sentence stemming from fraud charges related to a tax issue today. It was determined that Messi's father had shifted some of his son's earnings into companies that operate in countries like Belize, Switzerland, and Uruguay, which ultimately helped to lessen the tax burden on the player.
At the 4 day trial last month Messi and his father of course denied any wrongdoing, and said they acted on legal advice.
Messi and his father arriving at the fraud trial in a Barcelona court--
He seems to have thought it went well after leaving a trial hearing. Stick to football Messi--
While the sentence can be appealed it is likely not to be, as any sentence under two years for a first offence in Spain is suspended, meaning no jail time will be served by the Barcelona star or his father.
73FC Barcelona continues to be at the disposition of Leo Messi and his family to support him in whatever action he decides to take in defense of his honesty and his legal interests.74
Aside from the $4.1 million owed in taxes, Messi and his father were fined 2 million and 1.5 million euros respectively, a drop in the bucket when your net worth is over $200 million.
Yep he doesn't seem too worried--