Angel Di Maria sentenced for tax fraud

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Di Maria defrauded Spanish authorities during his time at Real Madrid.

Argentine winger, Angel Di Maria, has agreed to pay a fine of £1.76m after admitting to tax fraud during his time at Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The former Madrid midfielder was accused of defrauding Spanish authorities £1.14m in taxes during his stint at the Bernabeu, and as a result will have to pay 60% on what he already owes.

The PSG winger admitted to a two count charge of fraud, which hold eight months jail term each, according to Spanish rules.

Di Maria would however serve a suspended sentence, similar to what compatriot, and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi was given for also evading taxes. As under Spanish rules, first offenders do not go to prison for sentences below two years.

The 28-year-old is the latest high-profile player to be sentenced, following severe scrutiny the financial activities of players and managers have been subjected to recently in Spain.

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