Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, Eurosport reports.

The Messi’s however won’t spent any time behind bars due to their clean criminal record.

The Messis were found to have evaded tax on Lionel’s image rights, owing more than €4m in back payments.

The Court of Catalonia has now taken action and now sentenced the pair to just under two years in prison.

However, as the sentence is short of two years, and neither Lionel nor Jorge have a criminal record, they won’t be required to serve any jail time.

Leo Messi had argued that he wasn’t aware of the tax arrangements set in place by his father and other advisors.

The state attorney, Mario Maza however compared the player to a mafia boss, who denies knowing any the illegal operations were going on in his name.

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