Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud

A court in Spain on Wednesday sentenced Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and his father to 21 months in jail for tax fraud and slapped them with a fine of 3.7 million euros ($4.1 million).

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
6th July 2016

article:6th July 2016

Messi leaves court.
Messi leaves court.

Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud by a Catalan court, according to Spanish media sources.

But under Spanish law, sentences under two years are usually suspended and neither are likely to serve any time in prison.


The long-running case relates to a scheme to avoid paying £3.4m (Dh16.2m) of tax on Lionel Messi’s image rights.

The Argentina and Barcelona star and his father were found guilty of using companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

The income related to Messi’s image rights that was allegedly hidden includes endorsement deals with Banco Sabadell, Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.


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