Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will appear in court on April 20, 2017 which is the day for his appeal against a 21-months jail term, NAIJ.com can report.
Messi was found guilty in July 2016 on three counts of tax fraud between 2007- 2009 and hit with a £1.5 million fine alongside his father Jorge.
It is alleged that the 29-year-old Argentine and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of almost £3.6 million from by using a web of shell companies to avoid taxes on image rights earnings.
Barcelona chiefs, players and fans will pray that Messi should win the appeal which is three days before the crucial El Clasico with Real Madrid that will help decide La Liga title
Messi is the top scored in La Liga this season on 25 goals with Madrid’s closest challenger Cristiano Ronaldo on just 19.