The Messi Conviction

Lionel Messi leaves the court in Barcelona on June 2. Manu Fernandez / AP

Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET


Lionel Messi, the FC Barcelona and Argentina soccer superstar, has been sentenced by a Spanish court to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, but won’t have to serve time.

His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a suspended sentence for the charge of defrauding Spain of about 4.1 million euros ($4.5 millio) between 2007 and 2009. The BBC adds that under the Spanish legal system, prison terms under two years can be served under probation.

Messi said late Wednesday that he’ll appeal to Spain’s Supreme Court.