FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi have both been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax evasion by a Spanish court.
Messi and his father are accused of defrauding Spain of more than €4m (£3.1m; $5m).
Wednesday’s ruling sees Messi become the second Barcelona and Argentina player to receive a prison sentence following January’s sentencing of team-mate Javier Mascherano.
According to Sky Sport, the reigning world footballer of the year who appeared in court last month has also been ordered pay a fine of around €2m and his father pay €1.5m.
It’s however unlikely that Messi and his father will be going to prison as, under Spanish law, a prison sentence under two years can be served under probation, in particular if the subject charged has no criminal record.
The statement released by the court on Wednesday also read that the decision can be appealed through the Spanish Supreme Court.
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