Barcelona football star Lionel Messi and his father will appeal against a Spanish court decision to sentence them each to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, the player’s lawyers say.

Argentine Messi, aged 29, was also fined 2 million euros by the court in Barcelona.

In addition to the prison term, Messi’s father, Jorge, was fined 1.5 million euros for defrauding Spain of 4.1 million euros in 2007-09.

However, neither man is expected to serve time in jail.
Under the Spanish legal system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.