Di Maria fined €2m in tax fraud

Ronaldo is currently away with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia

Angel Di Maria has agreed a deal with Spain's state prosecutor in which the former Real Madrid forward admits two counts of tax fraud of nearly €1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence. The prosecutor recommended a sentence of 16 months and a fine of almost 800,000 euros ($890,000).

Angel Di Maria risks going to jail if he doesn't pay the sum of 1.76 million pounds for tax fraud which he has accepted to be guilty of.

The former United star has a release clause of one billion euros ($1.12 billion) written into his Real Madrid contract, having signed a five-year deal in November 2016.

The 29-year-old played for Real Madrid from 2010-2014 before sealing a £59.6 million move to Manchester United in 2014 prior to joining PSG for a cut-price £44 million.

The background to this is a concerted attempt by public prosecutors in Spain to target high-earners suspected of tax evasion, with Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo the most recent big names implicated, although both have strongly denied any wrongdoing.




Ronaldo has been summonsed to appear in court in Madrid on July 31 as part of the investigation.

The problem of high profile footballers based in Spain not paying their taxes isn't isolated to the Bernabeu, however, with Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano both now serving suspended sentences themselves relating to unpaid taxes.

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.

All the cases involve income from image rights on endorsement side deals made by players, not salaries paid by clubs.

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