PARIS: Angel Di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentina winger, has agreed to pay €2m to settle a tax case in Spain.
Di Maria will plead guilty to two charges of fraud relating to image rights during his time at Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old stands accused of failing to pay 1.3m euros to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.
The two charges of fraud which he is pleading guilty to carry an eight-month prison sentence each, but under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.
Di Maria is one of a string of high-profile players and managers to have their financial affairs examined from their time in Spain. Others, most recently, include Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho has been accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spain of €3.3m in taxes while he was Madrid coach from 2011 to 2012 while Ronaldo is accused of evading tax of €14.7m from 2011 to 2014.