The Star footballer Lionel Messi has been handed a jail term following tax fraud where he declared guilty. His father, Jorge Messi has earlier served a jail term illegally obtaining €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.

They will face fine of millions of euros.

According to the rule prison, terms under two years can be served under probation.

Messi recently retired from international football last week.

However, under Spanish judicial system, Messi is likely to avoid jail as this is not a case of a violent offence. A non-violent offence under Spanish law results in probation.

The Barcelona court has found that both the father and son are guilty of three offences. The duo is convicted of hiding money in tax havens in two other countries namely Uruguay and Belize. They are accused of hiding an amount of more than £3m with which they earned by means of image rights.

“The truth is no, the truth is no, I didn’t know.

“As my dad explained earlier I just dedicated myself to playing football, I put my trust in my father, in the lawyers who had decided to manage this thing,” Messi told the court last month.

According to Lawyers of the five times Ballon d’Or winner, he never used to examine the contract signed by him. He just signed all the contracts between the year 2007 and 2009 without having a look at it. The contract includes dealing with popular brands like Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Danone, Procter and Gamble, Banco Sabadell and the Kuwait Food Company.

Witness Eva Blazquez, who is responsible for handling the four-time Champions League winner’s tax declarations, said that “Leo didn’t see them. The final supervision was done by the client, in this case, Jorge Messi.”

Last month his father has also said that Messi didn’t have any details of the contract.

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