Two world sportsmen were on Wednesday convicted on different crimes they have committed. The first verdict went to Oscar Pistorius who murdered his girlfriend in 2013 and he has been handed a 6 year jail sentence.
On the same day, the world class soccer super star, Lionel Messi was also sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud charges.
The Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been handed a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud by a court in Barcelona.
The 29-year-old and his father were handed the sentence by a Spanish court today, but are unlikely to actually serve any time in jail.
The court ruled that Messi and his father are guilty of tax fraud worth €4.1 million between 2007 and 2009.
Even though they have been handed the prison sentence it is unlikely either of them will serve any time behind bars, because the punishment is set to be suspended.
A jail term of under two years in duration usually results in a period of probation under Spanish law, meaning the world player of the year will only spend time inside if he commits another crime during the next two years.
The Argentine has also been ordered to pay a fine of €1.7 million on top of his 21-month jail sentence.
During his trial last month, Messi told the court that he knew nothing about the tax evasion because he trusted his father.
“I trust my father in all my daily life programmes and I knew nothing about it, I was busy playing football”, he was quoted saying.
The state prosecutors said the two did not have concrete evidence to defend themselves during the whole trial.