Messi avoids jail, pays fine for tax fraud

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will not face time in prison for tax fraud but will instead pay a £221,000 fine, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentine and his father were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of £3.6million and Messi was hit with a suspended prison sentence.

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However, under Spanish law he will not be required to serve any time because he does not have a criminal record. The fine will also see the jail term struck from Messi's records.

Numerous footballers have been involved in similar tax fraud cases in recent times, with Javier Mascherano also paying a fine last year after he was handed a six-month jail sentence.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is currently battling the Spanish tax office for charges of tax fraud totalling a reported £13m.