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Lionel Messi Gets 21-Month Prison Term For Tax Fraud


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What’s the heck is happening to Lionel Messi?

Following his sensational retirement from international football (after another heartbreaking loss to Chile at the 2016 Copa America finals), the Barcelona star and his father Jorge Horacio are sentenced to 21 months in jail and was handed with a $4.1 million fine after being found guilty of tax fraud.

According to reports, the 29-year-old 5-time FIFA World Player winner had not paid his taxes on the 4.16 euros of his income from his image rights from 2007 to 2009, and even used companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying them. However, because they’re first time offenders, Spain will most likely pardon them from actually being thrown into the slammer.

Messi and his father voluntarily paid 5.0 million euros in total unpaid taxes plus interest in August 2013 after being formally investigated.

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