The court in Barcelona sentenced the star of «Barcelona» and the Argentina national team Lionel Messi and his father to 21 months in prison for tax evasion, according to Euronews, with reference to the newspaper La Vanguardia.
Footballer fined 2 million euros, his father — 1.5 million, according to Reuters.
The verdict can be appealed to the Supreme court of Spain.
Lionel and Jorge Horacio Messi are accused of tax evasion in the amount exceeding 4 million euros.
Tax crimes have been committed in the 2007-09 years. Was indicted in 2013.
The Prosecutor said that the money was derived from taxation taxes and laundered through companies in Belize and Uruguay. Lionel Messi said that nothing about the fraud did not know.
Previously, the player paid 10 million euros and had to pay another 15 million in the pre-trial resolution of the conflict, but local authorities refused to accept this agreement.
The public Prosecutor demanded for Lionel Messi and his father for 22 months and 15 days in prison. The Prosecutor recommended a year and a half to convict the father of the player, as he was a key figure in this matter, according to El Pais.
The Prosecutor did not demand detention for the player, as there is no evidence that he knew about the machinations of his money.
Messi himself said earlier that he knew nothing, and the contracts were signed, because it was advised by his father and lawyers whom he trusted.
Lionel Messi and his father despite the harsh sentence, the prison will not go, according to British media, in particular Gary Lineker and edition Express.
The Argentineans previously convicted, the term of imprisonment less than two years. This all together allows you to avoid real prison.