Xabi Alonso vows to fight to the end for his ‘innocence’ over tax fraud

Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has no plans on throwing in the towel as he bids to clear his name in his tax fraud case in Spain

The 37-year-old Spaniard arrived in Madrid for a court hearing after being accused by Spanish prosecutors of hiding an income of around €2m from image rights between 2010 to 2012.

However, much to Alonso’s dismay, the hearing was postponed until further notice.

“The court has assessed whether or not they are competent to start the case,” Alonso told reporters afterwards, via FourFourTwo.

“I have to wait for their assessment, and respect and continue to trust in what justice will decide.

“Now, we have to wait. I’m still confident, as the previous court acquitted me and here I’m continuing to defend my innocence and trust in justice.”

Alonso’s former Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo was also in attendance at the Spanish capital today for his own tax fraud case.

The Portuguese forward struck a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities that saw him enter a guilty plea and receive a two-year suspended prison sentence and an €18.8m fine.

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But Alonso insists he’s innocent and, therefore, he has no plans to strike a similar deal to Ronaldo’s.

“No, because I have the conviction and confidence of having done everything right, collaborating from the start without hiding anything,” replied Alonso, when asked about doing what Ronaldo did.

“I’ve come here and I’m going to keep going until the end because I have confidence in justice. I’ve done everything okay.

“I would be worried if I had something to hide or I had not done something right. They’re studying and evaluating my case and we have to wait.”

After starting out his playing career at Real Sociedad, Alonso had notable spells with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich before retiring in 2017.

Alonso enjoyed a highly successful career that saw him win Spanish and German league titles along with the Champions League.

The former Spain international was also a member of La Roja’s Golden Generation that won the World Cup and two European championships between 2008 to 2012.


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