Breaking New: Lionel Messi Sentenced To Jail For Tax Fraud TrendyVoice

6 July 2016

Breaking New: Lionel Messi Sentenced To Jail For Tax Fraud

Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud
by a Spanish court.

Under Spanish law any sentence under two years can
be suspended meaning the Barcelona and former
Argentina footballer is expected to avoid serving
time in prison.

The 29-year-old, among the world's highest-earning
athletes, was accused of creating a string of fake
companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid taxation
on €4.16m (£3.2m) of image rights earnings
between 2007 and 2009.

Messi, who took time out from Argentina's
preparations for the Copa America tournament this
summer, said in court last month: "I was playing
football; I had no idea about anything. I trusted my
dad and my lawyers."

The Argentinian's father Jorge Horacio Messi has also
been handed the same punishment. The pair, who
also face huge fines, can appeal their sentences
through the Supreme Court.

During the trial, Messi said he never suspected any
wrongdoing when his father would ask him to sign
contracts or documents relating to his image rights,
a lucrative source of income for any athlete of his
Witness Eva Blazquez, responsible for handling the
four-time Champions League winner's tax
declarations, said: "Leo didn't see them.

The final
supervision was done by the client, in this case, Jorge
Messi's father reiterated last month that his son
didn't know the details of his contracts. "I didn't
think it was necessary to inform him of everything,"
he said.

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