Lionel Messi’s 21-month prison sentence upheld by Catalan High Court

first_img1 A Catalan High Court has today upheld a 21-month prison sentence imposed on Lionel Messi last July for defrauding €4.1 million (£3.4m) from the Treasury between 2007 and 2009. The Argentina international and his father, Jorge, were found guilty at a Barcelona court last summer, and that decision has now been ratified.The pair are highly unlikely to serve any time in jail, however, as under Spanish law a prison sentence under two years can be served under probation.Messi, a five-time world footballer of the year and one of the sport’s highest earners, was accused of using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid taxation on image rights earnings.He has always maintained his innocence, insisting he left all financial matters in the hands of his father and lawyers. Barcelona star’s guilty verdict has been confirmed last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *