Angel Di Maria receives prison sentence after admitting to tax fraud

Angel Di Maria has been fined €2million and handed a one-year prison sentence, which he will not be required to serve, after admitting two counts of tax fraud in a plea agreement with Spanish prosecutors.

Di Maria admitted to two counts of fraud, which hold six-month sentences each, but will not face any jail time.

The Argentine midfielder is accused of failing to pay some 1.3 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.

But he will nearly certainly not spend any time behind bars as sentences of under two years in Spain are suspended providing the convicted person has no criminal record.

Di Maria moved to Real Madrid in 2010 and quit the club for United four years later, staying just a year in England before moving to Paris.

This news follows other recent high-profile cases in Spain, with Cristiano Ronaldo also having accusations of tax fraud filed against him.

Di Maria has been one of PSG's star players since arriving in the French capital, two years ago.

The Argentina worldwide spent four years at the Bernabeu and has reportedly been found to have defrauded the Spanish government of £1.14million.

Di Maria initially agreed in February of this year to pay 1.45 million euros.

  • Julie Sanders