Lionel Messi Receives 21-Month Prison Sentence
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Lionel Messi is known for escaping defenders on the soccer field.
But he was not able to escape a conviction for tax fraud in Spain this week.
A court in Barcelona, Spain, sentenced the Argentinian soccer star to 21 months in prison on Wednesday.
Messi plays for Barcelona's soccer team during the club season. He is the five-time winner of FIFA's player of the year award.
Investigators in Spain said they found evidence that Messi and his father, Jorge, hid money that should have been taxed by the Spanish government. The younger Messi earned the money from 2007 to 2009.
Tax inspectors said over $4 million of Messi's money went to accounts in Uruguay, Switzerland and Belize.
Messi was fined over $2 million. His father was fined about $1.5 million. Jorge Messi was also sentenced to 21 months.
Neither man, however, is expected to spend any time in prison. In Spain, first offenses carrying sentences of less than two years are usually suspended.
Both Messis told the court they did not think they were breaking any laws.
The news about Messi was one of the top trending topics around the world on Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday. People made their feelings clear about Messi's actions.
Zaheed Sabur used Facebook to say: "you already have more than you can ever spend. Shame on you Leo Messi!"
And, many people questioned why Messi could not pay his taxes like everyone else.
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I'm Dan Friedell.
1.tax fraud 税收欺诈
The authorities took measures to prevent tax fraud.
2.soccer team 足球队
The soccer team had won no games, but it hadn't lost heart.
足球队虽然没赢过一场球, 但并没有使队员们气短 。
3.be sentenced to 被判处
He was sentenced to 10 years in a labour camp.
4.break law 违反法律
If you break law again, you will get into trouble.
1.Lionel Messi is known for escaping defenders on the soccer field.
be known for 因...而闻名
Qimen is well known for its black tea.
This town is known for its handiwork.
2.In Spain, first offenses carrying sentences of less than two years are usually suspended.
less than 少于
It's less than five minutes' walk to a shopping mall．
He is no less than fifty centimetres round the middle.
梅西在俱乐部赛季中效力巴塞罗那足球队 。他曾五次获得国际足联年度最佳球员荣誉（金球奖） 。
西班牙调查人员称，发现梅西及其父亲豪尔赫隐藏了本该向西班牙政府纳税的收入证明 。在2007至2009年间，梅西获得了这笔收入 。
梅西因此被罚款200多万美元 。他的父亲被罚款约150万美元 。其父豪尔赫也被判处21个月监禁 。
但是预计二人都不必入狱服刑 。根据西班牙法律，初犯且被判处低于2年刑期的通常会缓期执行 。
周三，关于梅西的新闻在Facebook和Twitter上成为了全球的超级热门话题之一 。针对梅西逃税行为，人们发表了自己的看法 。