In spite of the 21-months jail term handed down to Argentine and FC Barcelona star, Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Messi for tax fraud, none of the men is expected to serve time in jail.
This is because under the Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.
The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday’s ruling by the court in Barcelona.
As well as the jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m “corrective payment”, equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.
The sentence can be appealed against via the Spanish supreme court.