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Ten Footballers Who Have Been Sent To Prison Including Arsenal And Liverpool Legends As Lionel Messi Faces Possible Jail Sentence

The Barcelona man is being linked with tax fraud.

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Reports from Time claim that FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi could face up to six years in prison due to over £3m that the Argentine allegedly owes the Spanish government in unpaid taxes.

If the 27-year-old were sent to jail he would not be the first footballer to have suffered that fate. Here are 10 others:

Joey Barton QPR

10. Joey Barton

During his career the current QPR midfielder has had many run-ins with disciplinary committees and the law and has twice been convicted of violent assault.

The first occasion was in 2008 when he drove his car into a pedestrian in Liverpool city centre, earning 77 days behind bars, before being given a four-month suspended sentence that same year for causing actual bodily harm to then Manchester City teammate Ousmane Dabo.

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