PSG star Angel di Maria settles Spanish tax case, pays fine

Nowadays, Spain's courts have been busy tackling the alleged and real multi-million-euro tax evasion of football's greatest stars.

Ronaldo was livid over being singled out for disproportionate treatment after the Spanish prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of €14.7m (£12.8m).

He has also helped his team to win two La Liga titles after joining it on transfer from Manchester United for a ten record 80 million pounds in 2009.

Meanwhile former Real manager Jose Mourinho was accused by a state prosecutor of defrauding Spain's Tax Office of 3.3 million euros (£2.9 million) during his time as Los Blancos boss.

They said that Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15m euros in 2014.

"The Spanish government. through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations", Gestifute said.

Ronaldo has been summonsed to appear in court in Madrid on July 31 as part of the investigation. A judge will then decide if they are grounds to charge him with a crime.

But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

Ronaldo denies any wrongdoing but may still reluctantly pay-up in order to avoid any subsequent fines.

The report claimed that Ronaldo leaving Real could benefit a few of these players, but none more so than Bale, who is believed to want a greater role under Zinedine Zidane. Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo, who is the world's highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine, of evading tax via two companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

Another Mendes client, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico Madrid.

Di Maria, who now plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.

  • Julie Sanders