FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been handed a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, according to the latest reports.
The 29-year-old and his father were handed the sentence by a Spanish court on Wednesday, but are unlikely to actually serve any time in jail, according to Reuters.
The court ruled that Messi and his father are guilty of tax fraud worth €4.1 million (R67 million) between 2007 and 2009.
However, the sentence is likely to be suspended, as is common in Spain for first offences with a sentence of less than two years.
The Argentine has also been ordered to pay a fine of €1.7 million (R28 million) on top of his 21-month suspended sentence.
Messi's teammate Javier Mascherano recently received a similar sentence – one year in prison for tax fraud – but also had his sentence suspended.
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