Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been sentenced to a 21-month jail term for tax evasion in Spain.
The Argentine and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in a Wednesday, July 6 decision by the court in Barcelona, Spain.
Messi who’s the second highest earning athlete in the world was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m.
According to BBC, His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007and 2009.
The good news for the Messi family is that under Spanish ruling system, prison terms under two years can be served under probation so they’re not expected to serve time in jail.