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Angel Di Maria Fined £1.76 Million Over Tax Evasion While In Spain

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 13: Angel Di Maria of Argentina (L) in action during the International Test match between Argentina and Singapore at National Stadium on June 13, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Angel Di Maria is the latest football star to be investigated by Spanish authorities regarding unpaid taxes. 

The PSG star has admitted to two counts of tax fraud during his four-year stint at Real Madrid.

Di Maria is believed to have defrauded the Spanish authorities of £1.14 million and has been ordered to pay a fine of £1.76 million. Due to a previously clean record, however, the Argentine will not serve a prison sentence or have to go to court.

According to El Confidencial, Di Maria avoided paying tax by transferring his image rights to an offshore company based in Panama.

The 29-year-old is the latest big name in football to be investigated by the Spanish authorities. Cristiano Ronaldo had threatened to leave Real Madrid over a perceived witch hunt by said authorities in relation to his tax affairs. The Portuguese has been accused of four counts of tax fraud, according to ESPN, while Jose Mourinho has been accused of avoiding taxes in Spain between 2011 and 2012 when he was the manager of Los Blancos. Along with Di Maria, all of the above are linked through Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes.

Of course, it is not just Mendes’ clients who have been caught up in these affairs. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Neymar and Javier Mascherano have also had issues with the authorities in the past few years.

Noel Ryan, Pundit Arena

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