Messi was found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009. AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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Football great Lionel Messi could have his 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud substituted for a fine after a Spanish prosecutor said Friday it was open to dropping the jail term.Neither Argentina captain Messi nor his father were expected to serve time in jail, as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.Messi, who has won eight La Liga titles, five Copa del Rey and four Champions League crowns with Barcelona, finished top scorer in Spain this season with 37 goals.This would be on top of a nearly 2 million euro fine that was handed down as part of last year's sentence.
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