Xabi Alonso facing five-year jail sentence for fraud

Former Spain, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso is facing a five-year jail sentence after being accused of tax fraud by the Spanish authorities.

Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso has been accused of tax fraud during this time as a player in Spain

Xabi Alonso, the former Spain international is now facing the potential of a jail sentence after being accused of tax fraud by the Spanish authorities.

Spains prosecutors have announced it will be seeking a five-year jail sentence and a fine of €4m for the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich central midfielder.

In a statement released by the Spanish prosecutors today, they said the 36-year-old who is alleged to have defrauded the Spanish state of €2m between 2010 and 2012 during his time as a Real Madrid player.

They have also called for his financial advisor Ivan Zaluda Azcuenaga and the administrator of his shell company, Ignasi Maestre to face the same sentences and fines.

The case echoes cases of other high-profile players playing in Spain such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who where also investigated and charged over tax fraud. Barcelona star Lional Messi had his 21-month prison sentence reduced to a fine in July and the Alonso camp will be hoping for the same outcome.

Late last summer Cristiano Ronaldo who was accused of Tax Fraud by the Spanish authorities threatened to leave Spain due to the treatment he had received from the investigation team. His case is still ongoing.

Alonso, who is now retired from professional football since the end of last season has been taking a break from football and doing some pundit work in his spare time.

The player won some major honours in England, Spain and Germany during this time as a footballer including, multiple Champions League success, Spanish League titles and German League titles.