Barcelona and Argentine star Lionel Messi’s sentence for tax fraud have been changed from a 2 year prison sentence to a fine from 252,000 pounds.

The fine is the best option for Lionel Messi as this means he will be made to pay 400 pounds to cover for each day that he would have stayed in jail.

Lionel Messi and his dad were declared of guilty of tax fraud which amounted to about of 4.1 million Euros from 2007 and 2009. The sentence of his dad was also reduced from a year and 3 months to 180,000 pounds.

The case came to light after the Spanish authorities uncovered details of tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal funds from the image right of Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi and his father were also fined a total of 3.5 million Euros and made a total of 5 million Euros as a form of corrective payment and that is equal to the amount of income that the taxes would have been generated by the taxes.

Rejected Appeal

Lionel Messi’s appealed the sentence but the judge was rejected by a Spanish in June and only his dad’s sentence was reduced after he paid part of the taxes.

However, Messi will not have served any jail sentence as first offenders are allowed to serve a two year probation sentence for nonviolent crimes.