Di María fined for Spanish tax fraud

Despite being handed a 16-month sentence, Di Maria will not go to prison as is normal in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years. He then moved to PSG in 2015.

Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".

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.

Numerous players charged with tax fraud are represented by an agency owned by super agent Jorge Mendes.

The case relates to the 29-year-old's image rights in 2012 and 2013, and he has agreed to repay £1.14million as well as a 60% fine.

Falcao is now at French champions Monaco.

In addition, they say he only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.

In March, a day after being summoned to answer a judge's questions regarding the fraud investigation, Di Maria paid 1.45 million euros ($1.6 million) to Spain's Tax Office. Now, the admission of the two counts of fraud in 2012 and 2013 will see him pay an additional fine of nearly 780,000 euros.

Although the prison sentence seems shocking, ESPN FC reported that Di Maria, like many other professional soccer players, will likely avoid jail time.

A number of elite players have been accused of fraud in recent months, including Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

  • Julie Sanders