Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after a court in Barcelona found him guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a statement from the court said on Wednesday.
The court also sentenced the Argentine soccer player’s father, Jorge, to 21 months in prison for the same three crimes. The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court, the statement said.
Here are some of the reactions captured on the social media immediately after the sentencing.
Messi dodging prison like.. https://t.co/7sDLDKBZmJ
— Sunday League (@SundayShoutsFC) 6 July 2016
Suspended sentence for Messi!!! Thanks guys. I’m going to get audited in Spain!!
— Ryan Fitzgerald (@FitzySA) 6 July 2016
Messi got sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax evasion😯😯 mad ting I swear paying tax shouldn’t be an issue when ur on £336,000 a week
— jake. (@jakesims) 6 July 2016
21 month sentence but no jail time for Messi.
Not like him to miss a penalty…
— TAB (@tabcomau) 6 July 2016
Messi to the Spanish Police be like…https://t.co/hUtnvophl4
— 90min (@90min_Football) 6 July 2016
Guardiola truly is a magician 😳 how did he predict that Messi was going to jail? https://t.co/mxQe7h48Yj
— mavs (82-0)fcb(34-0) (@ShantaRibery) 6 July 2016
Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud.
They first just gave him a penalty, but he missed that.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) 6 July 2016
Lionel Messi is so good he can even avoid prison … #UnbelievableJeff
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 6 July 2016
— Hardeep Singh (@TheRealistSingh) July 6, 2016
— RANsquawk (@RANsquawk) July 6, 2016