Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud by a court in Spain but with possibility to be suspended.
Following Spanish law which verbally indicates that any sentence under two years can be suspended meaning the Barcelona and former Argentina footballer is expected to avoid serving time in prison.
Messi was accused of creating a string of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid taxation on €4.16m (£3.2m) of image rights earnings between 2007 and 2009.
However, the 29 year old said in court last month:
“I was playing football; I had no idea about anything. I trusted my dad and my lawyers.”
The Argentinian’s father Jorge Horacio Messi has been handed the same punishment. The pair, who also face huge fines, can appeal their sentences through the Supreme Court.