Messi loses Supreme Court appeal over tax-fraud conviction

Lionel-Messi jail sentence

Lionel-Messi jail sentence

They appealed to the Supreme Court, which confirmed the sentence for the five-time world player of the year on Wednesday.

It was found that Messi's father had indeed used companies in tax heavens such Uruguay, Switzerland and Belize to reduce tax on the player's income from his image rights.

Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, were both convicted in 2016 of defrauding Spain of €4.1m ($4.6m) in taxes.

Lionel Messi, a five-time world footballer of the year, has denied any involvement and told his trial in June 2016: "I only anxious about playing football".

The income related to Messi's image rights that was hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter and Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.

Although the Messi family returned the damage worth €4.1 million after, amount provided by the illegal sale of some image rights, the athlete and his father were not able to get rid of the punishment.

"I was dedicated to playing soccer", Messi had initially told the Barcelona court.

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He is due to play in the King's Cup final next Saturday in Madrid, the last game of the domestic season.

Messi's Barcelona contract is due to expire in June 2018 and the club are now engaged in a process to extend that contract.

FC Barcelona past year released a statement in support of Messi following his guilty sentence and launched a campaign in support of him on social media.

This mitigating circumstance was already applied to Messi by the Barcelona court in July; now the Supreme Court has dictated that the same measure must be applied to his father, who was accused of aiding and abetting his son's tax fraud.

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