Lionel Messi alongside Father, Jorge Messi Sentenced to 21 month jail term
One of the world’s highest-earning soccer players Lionel Messi has been sentenced to a 21 month jail term by a Spanish Court. Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday’s ruling by the court in Barcelona.
This sentence is as a result of him creating a string of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay. All these just to avoid taxation on €4.16m (£3.2m) of image rights earnings between 2007 and 2009. And what does Messi have to say about all these? He claims to be ignorant.
Messi claims he never had any suspicions of misconducts when he was asked by his father to sign contracts or documents. He said “I was playing football; I had no idea about anything. I trusted my dad and my lawyers.” OH!!! seriously. That could never buy any judge Lionel. His dad Jorge Horacio Messi will be walking down the same lane with him.
Lionel Messi, 28, said he signed documents without reading them because he trusted his father and the advisers responsible for managing his finances. Both father and son made a voluntary €5m “corrective payment”, equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.
Messi’s witness, Eva Blazquez, who is responsible for handling the four-time Champions League winner’s tax declarations, said: “Leo didn’t see them. The final supervision was done by the client, in this case, Jorge Messi.” Messi’s father reiterated last month that his son didn’t know the details of his contracts. “I didn’t think it was necessary to inform him of everything,” he said.
We know you’re ignorant that’s why you’re not going down alone . But hey! They just might be lucky to escape jail. According to the Spanish Law, prison terms lesser than two years can be served as probation. They can appeal their sentences through the Supreme Court. This way they could avoid getting behind bars.
What is really happening? Messi’s indictment is coming just 10 day’s after the football maestro announced that he will retire from international football.