Xabi Alonso could Tuesday breathe a sigh of relief.
In Madrid, the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich-player acquitted in a trial for tax evasion.
Alonso was accused for having used a company based in the Portuguese island of Madeira to avoid paying two million euros (15 million dollars) in tax on its imagerettigheder in Spain.
the Prosecutor claimed that the evasion had taken place between 2010 and 2012, when Alonso played for Real Madrid, and had initially demanded four years in prison for Alonso. Later the requirement changed to two years in prison.
Alonso, who in 2010 won the WORLD cup with Spain, ceased its active career in 2017.
He is the only one in the series of big fodboldprofiler, which has been investigated by the Spanish tax authorities in connection with the imagerettigheder.
Both Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and Barcelona's Gerard Pique has pleaded guilty in tax evasion as part of a deal to avoid a prison sentence and have both paid the amounts they were ordered to pay in the summer.
Earlier this year, both Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and tottenham's new manager, José Mourinho, found guilty of tax evasion in connection with imagerettigheder.
/ritzau/AFP/Updated Date: 26 November 2019, 20:00