PSG star Angel di Maria handed one-year prison sentence

Basel's Taulant Xhaka, left, challenges for the ball with PSG's Angel Di Maria during the Champions League group A soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Basel at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

According to El Confidencial, Di Maria avoided paying tax by transferring his image rights to an offshore company based in Panama.

Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi was also handed a 21-month sentence after being found guilty of tax evasion previous year, while his teammate Neymar was fined a whopping €45.9m for failing to report earnings from deals with Santos, Barcelona and NIke.

His case is the latest episode of tax avoidance after former Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a Spanish judge on Tuesday.

Di Maria, 29, made a deal with authorities to avoid a trial at the Spanish Supreme Court.

He is said to have defrauded the Spanish government out of £1.14million during his four-year spell at the Bernabeu.

The state prosecutor's office in Madrid has intensified its pursuit of alleged tax fraud in football.

The Sun reports former Manchester United and Real Madrid winger Di Maria has admitted to tax fraud. This is similar to deals struck with the Spanish taxman by his fellow Argentinians Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi a year ago. Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

In 2016, Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano received a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud while Barca superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar are both now awaiting court decisions.

  • Zachary Reyes