Lionel Messi’s wallet isn’t quite as full as it once was. The ruling on Wednesday by a Barcelona court found Messi guilty of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 and recommended a 7-month sentence for every year of fraud. That meant a 21-month sentence.
But the court’s ruling was for Messi to pay a $2.3 million fine. Since this was Messi’s first offense, and the sentence was under 2 years, the 29-year-old Messi will not have to serve any jail time just as long as he does not break the law again.
Messi’s father, Jorge Messi, was given a 21-month jail sentence as well as a $1.7 million fine tax fraud, but like his son, he will not be serving any jail time because he does not have a criminal record.
Last month, Messi also announced his retirement after a crushing loss to Chile.