Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso acquitted of tax evasion charges

Xabi Alonso

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool footballer Xabi Alonso has been cleared of ‘tax evasion’ offences that saw him facing up to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Xabi, 38, who has now retired and is manager of Real Sociedad, was accused of three counts of tax fraud relating to his income in 2010, 2011 and 2012, totalling nearly €2 million.

Along with the former midfielder, his accountant and the director of a firm in the Portuguese island of Madeira, have also been acquitted.