Alexis Sanchez sentenced to 16 months in prison

Manchester United striker, who won himself the number 7 jersey, Alexis Sanchez has accepted to have committed tax fraud which would see him do a 16-month prison sentence.

The former Barcelona striker who was accused of defrauding the Spanish Treasury of €1million (£890,000) during his playing times for Barcelona during the  2012-13 season. He was able to do this  by using a shell company in Malta called Numidia to divert his earning on image rights, avoiding tax payments.

Alexis Sanchez has however reached an agreement with the Office of the Attorney General and the State Attorney having returned the money defrauded plus interest. The 29-year-old will not serve time in jail unless he commits a similar crime within the next two years.

Alexis Sanchez is not the first footballer to have been based in Spain who has had his tax affairs investigated. His former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and father Jorge received a 21-month prison sentence reduced to a €252,000 (£223,000) fine for failing to pay a combined €3.1m (£2.76m) in tax

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