News of a 21 – month jail term handed to Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Wednesday 6 July shook the world as the ruling was passed but it has emerged that the footballer is considering appealing.
Messi was handed the sentence for tax related fraud even though he had said in his defence that he knew nothing about the same and doesn’t handle his taxes.
Apart from the jail term, the 29 – year old was also fined €2m euros (£1.7m; $2.2m) by the court in Barcelona.
In addition to the prison term, Messi’s father, Jorge, was fined €1.5m for defrauding Spain of €4.1m in 2007-09.
However, neither man is expected to serve time in jail as under the Spanish legal system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.
Messi’s lawyers have already stated their reservations at the ruling and feel there is a fair chance the appeal will be successful.
“The sentence is not correct and we are confident the appeal will show the defence was right. There is a good chance that the appeal will succeed”, adding that Messi had always acted in good faith,” the lawyers said.