Barcelona have launched a controversial social media campaign to defend superstar Lionel Messi, who was sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud on Wednesday.
Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, were convicted of defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m) between 2007 and 2009. They are set to appeal.
They also face huge fines after the court found they had used a web of shell companies to evade taxes from the player’s image rights. However, in Spain it is customary that those sentenced to under two years for non-violent crimes do not serve time in jail.