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Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud

Spain’s Supreme Court handed the term down last year. And today the sentence for Leo Messi and his father was confirmed. But it’s unlikely that Barcelona star to go to the prison. In Spain, all terms less than 2 years can be served under probation.

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Lionel and Jorge Messi was convicted of defrauding Spain in 2016. They concealed taxes in the amount of €4.1m. Also, their terms were reduced because Messi family have already paid some sum.

For each of three crimes, Lionel Messi should serve 7 months and pay a fine of 532,313.31 euros. Jorge Messi’s term was reduced to 15 months.

They are both were found guilty of resorting to fictitious companies to evade Spanish taxes. The 29-years-old striker told that he didn’t know anything about the tax avoidance and fake companies that used his image rights. But Spanish State Attorney gave “zero credibility” to that claim. The court said: “It defies logic to concede that players, who earn large income don’t know about taxes”.

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Viktor finished the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (faculty Philology) in 2011. He likes to write great stories about sport, technologies, politics, etc. But what he likes more than other is football. Today Viktor live and work in Kyiv as a senior copywriter with more than 5 years of experience. He has been responsible for hundreds of articles on the sports niche. Author has significant experience as a content manager at leading UK companies. His free time he likes to spend in translating science articles and (of course) playing football. His publications allow you to pass through the mazes of football’s world. The most interesting events will be described and offered to your attention. Without a doubt, Victor loves football because it is an important part of his life. And he’ll be continuing to do the best and make excellent publications for you. With all requests and questions you can contact by e-mail: [email protected]

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