Lionel Messi might leave Barcelona, fears La Liga president

first_imgThe president of the Spanish football league says he is worried that Lionel Messi could leave to play in another country after being found guilty of tax fraud.Javier Tebas has also defended Messi’s innocence two days after a court ruled the Barcelona forward and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million).Tebas says, “Of course I fear that (Messi) could leave, but the only thing I can tell him is that from La Liga we believe he isn’t guilty.”On Wednesday, a court sentenced Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, to 21 months in prison.In Spain, sentences of less than two years for first offences are usually suspended, meaning neither man will likely go to jail.last_img read more