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

Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi's 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced on Friday.

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

Now the Barcelona court must proceed with sentencing the star and his father either to prison or agree with the prosecutor and settle for a fine as punishment.

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Through several chats over dinner, Suarez convinced Messi it would be the best thing for everyone if he stayed at Barcelona - and Messi agreed according to Mundo Deportivo.

In the last two weeks, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, formerly of Real Madrid, have been accused by a Madrid-based state prosecutor of having defrauded Spain's Tax Office of millions of euros in unpaid taxes. This comes after both the player and his father were found guilty of 4.1 million euro tax fraud against the tax authorities in Spain.

The daily fine would come on top of the € 2.09 million fine Messi was also given when he and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud in a trial a year ago and sentenced to 21 months in jail.


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