Did you hear the news that Lionel Messi can be sentenced to 21 months in Jail? What for and is he going to go to prison? Keep reading to learn more.
Lionel Messi, the star football player can be sentenced to several years in prison. Do you know what for? Allegedly, for refusing to pay taxes.
The whole thing started when it turned out that Lionel Messi did not pay his taxes. The authorities said that this can be seen as taxes fraud and that this should not be left without attention.
The authorities have allegedly started an investigation on the financial activity of Messi and his father. As it turned out, they have not covered their taxes for a few years now which is a precedent for criminal responsibility.
After the hearings in the court, the lawyers stated that Messi was found guilty of fraud, and judges stated that both Messi and his father should be imprisoned for at least 21 moths.
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However, according to Spanish legislature, since it is the first time Messi was found guilty of such a crime, he is likely to pay fine but not be sentenced. The lawyers feel confident about this situation, as the crime Messi was found guilty of is non-violent.
The hearing was a result of the investigation that proved that a football celebrity and his father were guilty f not paying taxes for the income Messi received between the 2007 and 2009. The total Messi’s income back then was $6.13 million. Moreover, celebrity’s father even involved international enterprises into this in order to avoid paying taxes.
However, the lawyers of the pair stated that they were released until the next hearing which they are determined to win. Messi himself stated that he was not guilty of this violation, as he entrusted his father to be responsible for paying the taxes. Therefore, he had no idea, such a problem could happen.
Nevertheless, the authorities are determined to fine Messi, as he is a public person and if judges do not give enough attention to the problem, other people can think that if it is normal for celebrities not to care about taxes, they can avoid paying them as well.
The court has not yet made its final decision. However, they claim that Messi is lying saying that it was not an unintentional crime. They state that he knew about these liabilities and just ignored them, and that is not an excuse for committing a crime.
The club Messi plays for mentioned that since Messi and his father have already paid the fine voluntarily, there is no need to sentence a football player. They noted that since he helped the investigation and covered the fine, he should be released and the sentence cancelled.
However, the results will be only known in a few days after a final ruling of the court.
Meanwhile, it is worth noting that Lionel Messi net worth is $280 million, which is why it was not painful for him to pay the fine.
In addition, in case you are not familiar with the facts about Lionel Messi, here is a list of things you should about this celebrity:
- Lionel Messi is in the Top-10 most expensive athletes worldwide.
- Messi is not as tall as other football players due to the growth hormone deficiency he was diagnosed with when he was little.
- Football player originally comes from Argentine and was born in the same place where Che Guevara was born.
- Messi is an official “face” of Adidas.
- Messi’s famous nickname is “the flea”.
- Lionel Messi supports various charitable organizations.
- He is the owner of 3 European Golden Shoe award.
- In 2012 Messi scored 86 goals!
- Messi was first on the real football field for only less than a minute and then left with a red card.
- Lionel Messi is also the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
So here we are: Lionel Messi, probably one of the most brilliant football players ever is now in the court for not paying his taxes. Keep your fingers crossed for him to get out of this story!
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