Legendary football star, Lionel Messi, has bagged 21 months jail term for tax fraud.
The Argentina footballer was sentenced on Wednesday by a court in Barcelona alongside his father, Jorge Messi, who was accused of defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.
Neither father nor son would be serving time in jail as the Spanish system allows for prison terms under two years to be served under probation.
The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday’s ruling by the court in Barcelona.
While both got same jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m “corrective payment”, equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.
However, Messi’s lawyers have announced they will be appealing the judgment.
“The sentence is not correct and we are confident the appeal will show the defence was right,” Messi’s lawyers said in a statement according to a report by Reuters.