Lionel Messi Is Sentenced To Prison (But He Probably Won't Be Going)
A Spanish court found Messi and his father guilty of three offenses of tax fraud. Under Spanish law, though, they'll likely avoid jail time.By Matt Moreno | July 6, 2016
International soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for tax fraud.
Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, were found guilty by a Spanish court on three offenses of defrauding the government of $4.5 million between 2007 and 2009.
Messi, the second highest-paid athlete in the world, also faces millions of dollars in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay.