Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria has been handed a one-year prison sentence in Spain after admitting to tax fraud.
According to thesun.co.uk, Di Maria, 29, defrauded the Spanish government a sum of £1.14million during his time with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014.
It was reported that Di Maria made a deal with authorities to avoid a trial at the Spanish Supreme Court – which found Lionel Messi guilty of similar offence last year.
Di Maria admitted to two separate counts of fraud – each of which will carry a six-month sentence – and will pay a fine of £1.76m.
The Argentine is however unlikely to spend any time behind bars as sentences of under two-years are usually suspended, providing the convicted has no criminal record.
Di Maria joins a list of high profile football stars like Barcelona duo Messi, Javier Mascherano Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who have had tax issues with the Spanish authorities.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN