Lionel Messi and his dad sentenced to 21 months in JAIL

By Kirstin Buick
06 July 2016

Soccer star Lionel Messi is facing 21 months behind bars.

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The Barcelona forward and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were sentenced to time behind bars for tax fraud, BBC reports.

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Prosecutors said father and son defrauded Spanish tax authorities of 4,1 million Euros from 2007 - 2009.

The Argentinian five-time Ballon d'Or winner has played for Spanish club Barca since 2004.

However, it's unlikely they'll see the inside of a cell. According to, the pair will avoid jail time if they pay a fine.

The Mirror reports that under Spanish law, a prison sentence under two years can be served under probation.

"I didn’t know anything. I only worried about playing football," Messi said last week.

Sources: BBC, Metro

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