Paris Saint-Germain star, Angel Di Maria has been fined £1.76m and handed a one year prison sentence after he admitted two separate counts of fraud which each carry a six-month sentence.
Now playing for the Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentine was found guilty of defrauding Spanish government of £1.14m tax payment during his time at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014.
However, sentences under two years for those with no previous convictions are often suspended in Spain and so he is unlikely to serve time. He admitted to two separate counts of fraud – each of which will carry a six- month sentence – and will pay 60 per cent fine on top of his arrears, coming to £1.76m.
The Argentinian is unlikely to spend any time behind bars as sentences of under two-years are usually suspended, providing the convicted has no criminal record. Di Maria’s charges relate to the player’s image rights with Los Blancos in 2012 and 2013.
According to Madrid prosecutors, the former Manchester United star transferred his rights to an Irish company owned by super-agent Jorge Mendes, via another holding in Panama.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, Radamel Falcao, Ricardo Carvalho and Fabio Coentrao have all been investigated for related offences.
Barcelona ace Javier Mascherano also struck a similar deal do Di Maria’s earlier this year.