Madrid - Spanish prosecutors have called for Xabi Alonso to
be sentenced to five years in prison after the former Real Madrid and Liverpool
midfielder was accused of tax fraud.
The Madrid prosecution office announced on Wednesday it was
seeking the sentence for an alleged fraud of two million euros between 2010 and
It is claimed Alonso used a company based on the Portugese
island of Madeira to avoid declaring income earned from the 36-year-old's image
As well as the five-year imprisonment, a fine of four
million euros is held against Alonso, his tax advisor Ivan Zaldua and the
manager of the Portuguese company, Ignasi Maestre.
The prosecution also demands the return of the sum denied to
the Spanish tax office, in addition to any interest gained.
The Madrid court in charge of the investigation reopended
the case at the end of 2017 after the judges on appeal found the facts alleged
against Alonso were "sufficiently substantiated".
Alonso, who retired last year, is not the first high-profile
footballer to have faced problems over Spanish tax in recent years.
Some have admitted fraud in exchange for a sentence to avoid
jail, like Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, former Barcelona
midfielder Javier Mascherano and Real Madrid defender Marcelo.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi was sentenced to a fine of 2.1
million euros for tax evasion and a sentence of 21 months in prison,
subsequently issued as a fine.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is also charged with
alleged fraud of 14.7 million euros, which he denies.