Lionel Messi Given 21 Month Jail Term For Tax Fraud

In what is sure to be the biggest sports story of the year, Argentinian football superstar Lionel (Leo) Messi has been handed a 21 month prison sentence for tax fraud, according to Spanish Media.

Messi and his father Jorge were convicted of defrauding Spain of €4.1m over a two year period using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay.

Neither Messi nor Barcelona have yet to comment on the verdict but Messi had earlier told the court he “knew nothing” about his financial dealings.

UPDATE: Messi looks unlikely to actual spend any time in prison, with Spanish courts commonly suspending terms of less than two years for first time nonviolent offenders.

via El Correa