Star soccer play Lionel Messi sure has been in the news a lot recently — and unfortunately, it’s not for the best reasons!
A little more than a week following announcing his retirement from international play, the 29-year-old is now dealing with a nightmare of a legal situation after he and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on Wednesday of three counts of tax fraud in Barcelona!
In the original ruling, Messi was ordered to pay a fine of around $2.2 million and his father was fined about $1.6 million after being accused of hiding more than $11 million between 2007 and 2009. On top of that, Lionel and Jorge were both sentenced to 21 months in prison for their crimes. Woof!
The Messis aren’t going to just sit there and take their punishment; ESPN reports they are appealing the ruling. Lionel’s lawyers released a statement, saying:
“The sentence is not correct and we are confident the appeal will show the defense was right.”
As for the jail time, there’s a very good chance that neither man will have to spend any time behind bars as Spanish law states that a tax prison sentence under two years in length can be served during probation.
Unfortunately for the superstar athlete though, last month he did admit that he signed several documents without reading them and had also set up a company to handle his finances without understanding everything that went into it. At least he’s honest about it?
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out which hopefully includes the soccer player and his father keeping their freedom.
What do you think about Messi appealing the ruling?!
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