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Leo Messi Was Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison… But He’s Not Gonna Serve Hard Time

Close call for Lionel Messi and his father. Charged with tax fraud, the world famous footballer, and his lesser known father, Jorge Messi, were recently sentenced to 21 months in prison. Thanks to Spain’s leniency for terms under two years, the first-time offenders are likely to spend this time on probation. That’s right, the only stripes Messi will wear are the ones of FC Barcelona.

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Messi and his father were accused of creating several fake business to hide more than FOUR MILLION EUROS (about $4.4 million) from the taxman. While we’re not condoning the practices these two pursued to save a few bucks, we are curious just how bogus these businesses were. Any business, even a fake one, has to appear legitimate enough for no one to ask questions. With that in mind, we’re pitching a few phony businesses that have just a dash of real advertising to make them appear legit. Take notes, people.

Remember, name recognition is key!

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Not only does this have the Messi name recognition, it’s also a delightful play on words. Plus, if you’re actually laundering money, this place will look too obvious. Nothing like hiding in plain sight.

If all else fails, go with what you’re known for!

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Yes, it’s a gimmick, but a good nickname is worth its weight in bullion. While most flea markets are held in giant community centers or parking lots, this business has all the style and boutique charm that Messi has come to represent over the years. Sweet flea logo, too!

Dabble in professions other than your own!

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This storefront is perfect for Messi. While on the surface it looks like a standard law consultant’s office, this is actually where Messi could consult his “Better Call Saul”-style lawyer when he needs to skip town or get a fake I.D. asap!

Go with what you know!

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While the other fake stores were examples of business ventures to pursue outside of Messi’s profession, this one is right up his pitch. Not only is he well acquainted with club team trophies, but he might actually work in a store like this once his probation is up! Kidding. He’s worth so much money it’s not even funny!


READ: Here’s Why Some Of Messi’s Argentina Teammates May Retire With Him

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Literally Just 20 Lionel Messi Tattoos To Admire

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Literally Just 20 Lionel Messi Tattoos To Admire

Lionel Messi is probably one of the most recognizable faces in soccer right now. Sure, part of it is likely because of the super sweet moment he had with a child from the Middle East that wore a plastic bag that looked like his jersey. But it is also probably because of he amazing soccer skills. Here are 20 tattoos of the soccer legend that prove fans have a very deep love for the athlete.

Simple. Clean. Recognizable.

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If you don’t want to get too intense, or expensive, this is the way to go. Just the number on the jersey and the last name. Everyone will recognize it.

The blurry action shot.

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The best part of art is that things don’t have to be perfect. Here we see what would be a blurry photo expertly placed on a Messi fan.

Minimalistic Messi is pretty dope.

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This should give all of you some inspo on how to turn your doodles into a permanent art installation.

Nothing like reminiscing on the major life events.

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Copa del Rey is a major soccer tournament played in Spain between the different Spanish soccer teams. Of course Messi was on the winning team more than once.

Why settle for just one Messi image?

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You have two legs and soccer is all about the legs. Therefore, it just makes sense to show off your love for Messi with two tattoos, one on each leg.

A pensive portrait is always nice.

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It’s like all of those photos your mom and abuela took of you and hung all over the house. A nice portrait really goes a long way.

There is something to be said about the classic from behind photo.

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That way you get to see the name and number and everyone will know who the tattoo is for.

Some times you love the player more than the game/teams.

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And when you love the player, like Messi, you just have to change your loyalty to the different teams he graces.

Get meta with it.

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Lionel Messi with his number inside his number. Talk about a true memorial.

Maybe your favorite Messi was blonde Messi.

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There’s nothing wrong with remembering someone the way you loved them. Perhaps his darker hair is just too much for you to handle.

Who else remembers those portraits with floating heads?

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It might not read as well as a tattoo but it’s your body so you can do with it what you want.

Messi, el Santo de Fútbol.

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That’s one way to honor one of the most memorable soccer players of all time. Fight me.

It’s always a good time to remember the good times.

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A celebratory tattoo is a great way to remember the best moments.

Autograph tattoos are *still* in style, apparently.

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Simple and to the point. How many times have you ever considered getting your favorite athlete’s or celeb’s tattoo on you?

One way to honor the soccer player is to remember the good he has done.

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It wasn’t that long ago that he was so moved by an Afghani child that he sent a jersey and soccer ball to the fan. What a sweet moment to remember as part of Messi’s legacy.

Stoic pics are some times the best way to go.

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No fluff, no smiles, no fancy outfits. Just a man concentrating on the game that lies before him and the determined look of a true professional.

Get a caricature of the man and slap in on your arm.

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I mean, we all love to get ourselves drawn by the folks on the piers or any other tourist trap. Why not use that inspo and get a fun tattoo?

If you think he’s a king, let the world know.

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That’s right. Some people are so enamored with people that they see them as royalty. The Internet is a great place.

Did we mention portraits yet?

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Because they are still a great way to memorialize the great.

Show the love you carry in your heart.

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This tattoo is one of the most beautiful and loving tattoos of the soccer great you’ll see.

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Here’s Why Some Of Messi’s Argentina Teammates May Retire With Him

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Here’s Why Some Of Messi’s Argentina Teammates May Retire With Him

Well, Lionel Messi had a crappy weekend. After breezing through the group stage and knockout rounds of Copa América Centenario, Messi and the albicelestes looked like the favorites to raise the trophy versus Chile (despite Chile’s 7-0 humiliation of Mexico).


Messi, who scored five goals in the tournament, did this when the match went to penalties:

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

Yep. He hit the ball over the crossbar. Fans couldn’t believe it…

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

And when Chile won, Messi couldn’t hold back the tears.

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

After the match, Messi shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international football.


“It’s been four finals [that we’ve lost]… this isn’t for me,” said Messi to TyC Sports. Btw, he’s retiring from Argentina’s national team, not from the sport.


After his announcement, lots of people criticized Messi for “giving up.”


Some said his decision to not play for Argentina — he’s still going to play for his club team, Barcelona — was proof that he wasn’t a “winner.”


Messi, who has been criticized* for not carrying Argentina to a title, may be retiring to end the criticism. But he may have other reasons for quitting Argentina’s national team.

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*It’s gotta be rough when two of the world’s greatest players, Pelé and Maradona, are videotaped discussing your lack of leadership skills.


Messi could be unhappy with Argentina’s fútbol federation, which has been accused of corruption for decades. A few days before the Copa América final, Messi fired shots at Argentina’s federation via Instagram:


“Once again waiting on the plane while we wait to leave for our destination. God, the AFA is such a disaster,” wrote Messi. He later apologized for the comments (but he didn’t take down the Instagram post).


That same week, AFA president Luis Segura was removed from his post after he was charged with corruption.

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CREDIT: Credit: C5n / YouTube

Segura is accused of orchestrating shady deals related to TV rights in Argentina. Wondering just how sketchy Argentina’s federation can be? Last year, after the death of then-AFA president Julio Grondona, the federation cast a vote to elect a new president. The federation’s 75 members returned a 38-38 vote — btw, that adds up to 76.


Messi isn’t the only one who announced his retirement. Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano is also hanging up his cleats for Argentina.

Desde las 4 tomando mates en el predio .

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Several others, including Sergio Agüero, Angel Di Maria and Ezequiel Lavezzi, are also rumored to be retiring from Argentina’s national team.

Vamos Argentina !!!!

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Why? Some speculate it’s their way of protesting against a federation that is rife with corruption. If true, that could be eight players gone (including Messi), which is clearly a sign that something isn’t quite right with Argentina’s national team.


Or maybe it’s all just a scheme to save Messi from further criticism…

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

Cue the music


READ: Watch Lionel Messi Score An ‘Impossible’ Goal During Training

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