Spanish Prosecutor Wants Xabi Alonso To Face Five Years In Prison
Is it really that difficult to pay tax if you're a footballer in Spain? After high profile cases with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo the latest player facing a jail sentence is Xabi Alonso.
Tax issues have nearly seen the end of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga over the last couple of years, Messi was linked with a move to Manchester City when he trial came about whilst Ronaldo outright refused to play for Madrid again, obviously he did.
As well as the two best players in the world Javier Mascherano, Angel di Maria and Alexis Sanchez have all faced charges or been accused of tax fraud during their time in Spain.
Xabi Alonso is the latest footballer to add his name to the list with the former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder, who retired at the end of last season, accused of defrauding the country €2 million worth of taxes.
The Spanish prosecutor said in a statement on Wednesday that it was looking for a jail sentence of five years and a fine of €4 million for the illegal acts that took place between 2010 and 2012.
The prosecutor also called for the same sentencing for Alonso's financial advisor Ivan Zaldua Azcuenaga.
So far none of the players charged have done any time behind bars.
Angel Di Maria Handed Prison Sentence In Tax Fraud Case
This article first featured on site in July 2017
In the ongoing saga that is fully grown men not understanding how taxes work while playing football in Spain, Angel Di Maria has been handed a one year suspended prison sentence after admitting to committing tax fraud during his time with Real Madrid.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was found guilty on two charges of tax fraud, with the Argentine reportedly owing the Spanish government £1.14 million.
As punishment for his crimes, the former Real Madrid man has been ordered to pay a fine of £1.76 million, but will serve no prison time as he has no prior criminal record.
Di Maria is the latest in an increasingly long line of people associated with both Real Madrid and Jorge Mendes to face tax fraud charges, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho both currently being charged with similar offences.
Di Maria has been one of PSG's star players since arriving in the French capital, two years ago. Images: PA
The problem of high profile footballers based in Spain not paying their taxes isn't isolated to the Bernabeu, however, with Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano both currently serving suspended sentences themselves relating to unpaid taxes.
When you see the taxman coming... Images: PA
El Confidencial reported that Di Maria circumvented the taxman by transferring his image rights to Panama based offshore company Sunpex Corporation Inc.
The Champions League winning midfielder was once the most expensive player in British football history, sealing a £59.6 million move to Manchester United in 2014.
Di Maria would endure a miserable season at Old Trafford, however, with personal and professional problems causing him to seek a move elsewhere. After less than a year with United, the former Benfica man was sold for a cut price £44 million to PSG, where he has won a French league title, two French Cups and two French league cups.