Di Maria, Pastore and a secretive club of Argentine agents

By Michaël Hajdenberg, Michel Henry, Yann Philippin

Part of the earnings of Argentine footballers Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, both currently with French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, are paid into tax havens, according to documents obtained by the journalistic collective European Investigative Collaborations via the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks. The documents also reveal the activities of an informal but organised group of Argentine agents, operating to a backdrop of secret commissions, match-fixing and the placing of players in the Argentina national side in order to boost their market value. Michaël Hajdenberg, Michel Henry and Yann Philippin report.

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Argentine international players and Paris Saint-Germain stars Angel Di Maria, nicknamed “the noodle” (El Fideo) and Javier Pastore, aka “the thin one” (El Flaco), have even more in common than meets the public eye. Documents from Football Leaks, obtained by German weekly Der Spiegel and analysed by the journalistic collective European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), reveal that both players share a close interest in tax havens.