Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been given a 21-month jail sentence by a Spanish court, along with a fine totaling €2 million.
However they won’t serve time behind bars because the sentence was less than two years for a non-violent offence.
They also got away with prison because they don’t have criminal records. Messi’s club Barcelona has since come out to state that they believe their player is still innocent, despite the ruling.
“FC Barcelona gives all its support to Leo Messi and his father with relation to the sentence for tax evasion handed out by the Provincial Court in Barcelona today,” a club statement read.
“The club, in agreement with the Government prosecution service, considers that the player, who has corrected his position with the Spanish Tax Office, is in no way criminally responsible with regards to the facts underlined in this case.
“FC Barcelona continues to be at the disposal of Leo Messi and his family to support him in whatever action he decides to take in defence of his honesty and his legal interests.”