Angel Di Maria has been handed a one-year prison sentence and fined £1.76 million after admitting tax fraud. The former Manchester United winger admitted two separate counts of fraud which each carry a six-month sentence.
Now with Paris Saint-Germain, Di Maria was found guilty of defrauding the Spanish government a sum of £1.14m during his time at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014. However, the 29-year-old is unlikely to spend any time behind bars. In Spain, sentences of under two-years are often suspended if the convicted person has no previous criminal record.
The Argentine had previously made a deal with authorities to avoid a trial at the Spanish Supreme Court. Last year, Lionel Messi was found guilty of tax fraud. Jose Mourinho has come out fighting in a row with the Spanish tax authorities, claiming he paid more than €26million (£23m) between 2010-2013. Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, has been called to testify on July 31 over allegations that he hid £12.9m income from tax authorities.