Paris St. Germain attacker Angel Di Maria has been handed a one-year jail term in Spain for tax fraud.
The Argentine winger defrauded the Spanish government a sum of £1.14 million during his four-year spell with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014, and has been ordered to pay a £1.76 million fine.
He admitted to two separate counts of fraud – each of which will carry a six-month sentence – and will pay 60 per cent fine on top of his arrears, coming to £1.76m.
Given that he has no previous criminal record, his sentence is expected to be suspended.
According to Madrid prosecutors, the former Manchester United star transferred his rights to an Irish company owned by super-agent Jorge Mendes, via another holding in Panama.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, Radamel Falcao, Ricardo Carvalho and Fabio Coentrao have all been investigated for related offences.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were each sentenced to 21 months in prison after being found guilty of owing £3.4m in tax payments in July last year.
Ronaldo, 32, is due to appear in court on July 31 to face allegations he owes the Spanish tax man £13m.