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Messi gets extra fine for tax fraud, avoids prison

08 July 2017

Lionel Messi and his father saw their suspended prison sentences for tax fraud reduced to fines by a Barcelona court on Friday.

Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud last July, for failing to pay €4.1 million in image rights.

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The newly-married Argentina star will pay the higher fine rather than spending 21 months in jail.

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Under the original sentence, neither Messi nor his father would ever have had to actually serve time behind bars, because in Spain first offenders for non-violent crimes are spared jail time for sentence of less than two years.

Instead of Messi serving his 21-month sentence, the Argentina forward will be fined an extra €252,000 ($287,000).

Messi, who has just signed a new £500,000-a-week deal with Barcelona until 2021, is one of a number of footballers accused of defrauding the Spanish government in recent years.

Messi is also the top scorer in the club's history (507) and in La Liga history (349), and has been named the world's best player on five occasions.

Messi gets extra fine for tax fraud, avoids prison