The news of Lionel Messi being handed a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud shocked world football.
While a ’21-month prison sentence’ may sound dramatic, it’s being reported that the Argentine won’t actually serve any time behind bars.
Messi has always insisted his innocence and he told a Spanish court: "I didn't know anything. I only worried about playing football.
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"I signed what he told me to sign because I trusted my father.
"I trusted my father, and the lawyers said that I could (sign the documents)."
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But just because he won’t be going to prison, it doesn’t mean the verdict hasn’t been damaging for Messi. Not only has he been fined €2 million but he has also been massively trolled on social media throughout the day by Cristiano Ronaldo fans.
Unfortunately, for many football fans, you’re either team Messi or team Ronaldo. That means, not only do they celebrate the success of their favoured player, but they also celebrate the downfall of the other.
So, when news of Messi and his father’s sentencing broke, Ronaldo supporters took the opportunity to mock the Barcelona star on social media.
Of course, it’s highly unlikely Messi will care what’s written about him on Twitter but Ronaldo fans are thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Here is some of the best reaction:
Today couldn’t be more different for Ronaldo and Messi.
While Messi received his punishment, Ronaldo is preparing for one of the biggest matches in his career as Portugal take on Wales in the semi-final of Euro 2016.
The two players have dominated the club scene during their career, but they are both still on the hunt for their first major international trophy. Messi missed that opportunity this summer when his skied penalty contributed in Argentina losing to Chile in the final of Copa America on penalties. After the match, Messi announced his international retirement - something that also delighted Ronaldo fans.
But now, it’s Ronaldo's turn. He's had an indifferent competition so far - scoring two goals in Portugal’s five matches so far - but is still regarded as the main man for his country.
Ronaldo fans will be hoping for the perfect day if their idol can fire Portugal to the final of Euro 2016.
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