Di Maria agrees to deal in Spain over tax fraud

It has accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of tax fraud worth several millions of euros in the last two weeks, with both men denying any wrongdoing.

It added that Mourinho paid "more than 26 million euros in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 percent, and accepted the regularization proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013".

Angel Di Maria agreed to a deal with Spain's state prosecutor on Wednesday in which the former Real Madrid forward admitted to two counts of tax fraud of nearly 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence.

The four-time world player of the year, who said last week his "conscience is clear", is threatening to leave Madrid over the affair, according to Spanish and Portuguese media. He is set to appear on Monday 31 July at 11:00 in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid).

Revelations from the whistleblowing website Football Leaks have lifted the veil on the practices supposedly used by Mendes to optimise often enormous earnings from image rights by his clients.

Coentrao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 1.3 million euros of income.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.

The 29-year-old is the latest Argentinian player to come under scrutiny from the Spanish tax authorities.

The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offence and the sentence was under two years.

Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($A6 million) from income made from image rights.

  • Julie Sanders


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