Barcelona’s Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined 2 million euros ($2.2 million) after being found guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a court in the Spanish city said on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi has said that he is to retire from international soccer after Argentina were beaten 4-2 by Chile in a penalty shootout in the Copa America final on Sunday, the fourth final the Barcelona striker has lost with the national side.
Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud.
Court documents made public Thursday say a judge has rejected a request to clear the Barcelona player of wrongdoing and decided to charge him and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, with tax fraud.
The first leg of Barcelona and Bayern Munich’s Champions Leaguesemifinal was moving along at a frenetic pace for the first hour-plus, but Barcelona, growing frustrated with every denial from German keeper/human Groot Manuel Neuer, began to look beleaguered and bitchy. Neymar took a dive in the Munich penalty box in the 77th minute, both sides moaned about it, and then Lionel Messi showed up and made everyone shut the hell up to look at him.