Di Maria strikes deal with Spanish prosecutor in tax case

ANGEL DI MARIA has been handed a one-year prison sentence after admitting to tax fraud.

Angel Di Maria will certainly pay the amount and avoid jail term, but the question which is probably on the minds of most football fans is who will be the next player to be accused or caught of tax fraud.

Di Maria will not be spending any time behind bars despite being handed a prison sentence because any such sentences in Spain which are under two years in length are automatically suspended - providing the convcited party has no previous criminal record.

According to a court document seen by AFP, Di Maria will pay around two million euros to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.

The case involves income the Argentina forward made from image rights, not from his salary paid by Real Madrid.

The Argentinian spent four years with Los Blancos before moving to Manchester United in 2014 for a Premier League record fee of £59.7m.

In November, a case emerged that Di Maria owed €1.298m after outsourcing his image rights to a company in Panama between 2012 and 2013.

In Spain, sentences less than two years are normally suspended unless the individual has a prior conviction.

Also, last month former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao were accused by the prosecutor's office of not paying all their taxes. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi had a tax-related trial past year.

Cristiano Ronaldo had threatened to leave Real Madrid over a perceived witch hunt by said authorities in relation to his tax affairs.