Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has furiously denied claims he owes the tax authorities in Spain more than six million euros.
Reports in the Spanish press suggested the experienced player owed the amount to hacienda in unpaid taxes plus interests. The story comes shortly after Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas settled a large tax bill with the authorities in Spain too.
According to reports in the press, a number of high profile footballers have been audited. Alongside Casillas and Alonso, Atletico de Madrid forward David Villa was also audited by the tax authorities.
After the claims that Alonso owed the vast sum, he released a statement denying they were true. He also added legal action against publications such as Marca, who printed the piece, would also be looked at.
“Every single piece of information that refers to these tax matters is totally untrue”, a statement by the player insisted.
“Xabi Alonso reserves the right to instigate any pertinent legal action against Marca and against the professional who has undersigned this false information which damages the player’s image”, the statement concludes.
The 32-year-old will sit out the final of the Champions League against city rivals Atletico de Madrid this weekend having picked up three bookings in the tournament.