By Syn Osuchukwu
The popular footballer, Lionel Messi has an ongoing tax fraud case with the Spanish authorities. Here are five facts we can confirm:
Celebrities are not Superheroes
Just when celebrities think they’re super heroes that can do no wrong –boom! – the judicial system reminds them that they are human too. Popular footballer and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi was found guilty of tax evasion by a court in Barcelona.
He was sentenced to 21 months in prison
The court sentenced the footballer and his father to 21 months in prison for tax fraud and evasion. They were found guilty of a three counts charge of defrauding the tax department to the tune of 4.1 million Euros.
There will NOT be a reality TV show about Messi’s stay in jail
More celebrity drama, but no reality show is coming out of this mess! Too bad he doesn’t have any acting skills. It would have been Prison Break Season 1 or Keeping Up with Lionel Messi in Jail, Season 1.
Messi is not really going to jail
Neither Messi nor his father will be going to jail.
Yup! It’s true.
In Spain, sentences of less than two years for first time offenders are pardoned (Spain is definitely not America. Those people have no chill)! In place of the sentence, Messi and his father were collectively fined 3.5 million Euros although both parties vehemently pleaded not guilty to the tax offences.
Messi remains the highest goal scorer for Argentina
State prosecutors showed evidence that Messi’s father ‘cornered’ some funds to Uruguay, Switzerland (why is this country always a money dumping ground?) and Belize. The footballer is Argentina’s highest goal scorer with 55 goals in 113 appearances. He recently announced his retirement from the national squad after a penalty loss in the match against Chile.