Lionel Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced with fines the prison sentences handed down for tax fraud to Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi and his father.

Messi, the best-paid footballer in the world according to the club, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.

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