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Messi Asked Barca For Man City Move Last Season

24 June 2017

Argentine football player Lionel Messi attends an event of the Adidas sportswear manufacturer in Beijing, China June 2, 2017.

The Barcelona state prosecutor said on Friday it was not opposed to substituting a 21-month prison sentence for a fine for tax fraud handed down to Lionel Messi, as long as the fine was the maximum allowed under law.

Messi's appeal against the sentence was rejected by the Supreme Court last month, but his father's jail time was reduced because he paid some of the taxes.

Alternatively, should the court turn down the fine and opt for the prison sentence, the prosecutor would accept a three-year probation period and if they commit any further crimes, they would serve their suspended prison sentences in full.

The Barcelona star was given the jail term last July after being found guilty - alongside his father Jorge - of three counts of tax fraud.

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State prosecutor Isabel Lopez Riera told The Associated Press the fine-for-time deal was presented by Messi's lawyers to the judge who will rule on whether to suspend Messi's sentence - as is widely expected.

According to El Mundo, Messi will pay €255,000 as fine.

Messi's case was one of the first high-profile investigations by Spanish authorities into top football players' tax affairs.

The shocking revelation comes just days after reports emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo is desperate to leave Real Madrid after he too was accused of tax evasion by Spanish prosecutors.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

Messi Asked Barca For Man City Move Last Season