Tax Fraud: Di Maria sentenced to 1 year imprisonment

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Paris Saint-Germain winger Ángel Di María has been handed a one-year prison sentence after admitting to defrauding the Spanish government of £1.14 million during his time at Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old made a deal with the Spanish Supreme Court to avoid a trial and will pay a fine of £1.76 million.

However, the Argentina international is unlikely to spend any time behind bars as sentences of under two years are usually suspended providing the convicted has no prior criminal history.

Di María spent four years at Madrid between 2010 and 2014. His former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is currently being investigated by the Spanish authorities over alleged tax fraud in the region of £12.9 million, while former Madrid manager José Mourinho is accused of defrauding Spain of £2.9 million during the three years he spent at the Bernabéu.

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Last year, Di María’s compatriot Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison after evading £3.4 million of tax on his image rights.

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