Spain’S Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed to Barcelona’s football star Lionel Messi for tax fraud. He was sentenced to seven months in prison for each of the three financial crimes. This was the answer to his appeal.
Messi and his father Jorge Horacio were found guilty in 2016 of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007-2009, which included endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company. The sentence will be probably suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years. Messi had paid back the defrauded money to tax authorities. Barcelona football club on Wednesday issued a statement in support of their star . "The Club, in agreement with the Government prosecution service, considers that the player, who has corrected his position with the Spanish Tax Office, is in no way criminally responsible with regards to the facts underlined in this case,” they said. The Spanish press are reporting today that Jorge Messi is currently on his way to Barcelona to close a new contract for his son.