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Xabi Alonso tax fraud case: Spanish prosecutors seek five-year sentence

Spanish authorities have reopened a tax fraud case against former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso. Spanish prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for Xabi Alonso, accusing the former Real Madrid midfielder and Spain international of three counts of tax fraud. Alonso, 36, is accused of defrauding tax authorities of about €2 million by filing fraudulent tax returns in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Alonso, who retired last year after three seasons at Bayern Munich, played for Madrid from 2009 through 2014. Prosecutors also want Alonso to pay a fine of €4m in addition to the amount allegedly defrauded. The irregularities are related to Alonso’s income from image rights. Prosecutors on Wednesday also sought prison sentences, fines and restitutions for Alonso’s financial adviser, ...

Legends games increasingly key for Europe’s elite to keep fans on board

Man United vs. Real Madrid will always attract attention, no matter who is playing. Anfield will be full on Saturday, even though virtually every member of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad will be away, somewhere in the world, on international duty. As most supporters will attest, the international break is no substitute for club football, especially when only friendlies are being staged ahead of the World Cup. But the game’s elite clubs have now found a way to ease their fans’ withdrawal symptoms, at the same time as raising funds for charity and, more strategically, keeping their global brands in the public eye at a time when the domestic game has closed down for two weeks. The Liverpool Legends game this weekend against their Bayern Munich counterparts — when the l...

Zinedine Zidane’s decision to break up the ‘BBC’ has Real Madrid primed for more UCL glory

Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that Real Madrid will keep moving up the table and Cristiano Ronaldo will beat Lionel Messi as La Liga’s top scorer after he scored four goals in Sunday’s 6-3 thrashing of Girona. Craig Burley examines the two most enticing ties of the Champions League quarterfinals and explains why each has a clear favourite. ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe weighs in on Zinedine Zidane’s standing at Real Madrid following his side’s comprehensive UCL victory over PSG. Zinedine Zidane has cracked the code again. Never considered a tactical master, Zidane has solved several problems he had with his squad in a thrifty manner and has them humming again at the right time of the year. After a lacklustre start to the season, Real Madrid are back to their best, and it...

Spain team undergoing DNA shift from Barcelona to Real Madrid under Julen Lopetegui

With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer. A strong but subtle shift in influence within the Spain squad from Barcelona to Real Madrid is evident from the players picked by national coach Julen Lopetegui for pre-World Cup friendlies against Germany and Argentina. It was not a coincidence that Spain’s glory years between 2008 and 2012 coincided with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side dominating both La Liga and the Champions League. The possession based style of football developed by Guardiola at the Camp Nou was hugely influential at the international level too. A high point of the connection was the Euro 2012 final when seven Barca players appeared on the ...

Cristiano Ronaldo named Portugal’s Player of the Year, Jose Mourinho awarded

With Cristiano Ronaldo scoring at a blistering pace since the middle of January, the FC crew discuss the emerging race between him and Messi to be La Liga’s top scorer. Cristiano Ronaldo recalled an “unforgettable” 2017 while also having a word for his critics as he received the Portugal FA’s Player of the Year award, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho received an ambassadorial award at the same event in Lisbon. Ronaldo had a tremendous last calendar year in which he won five trophies with Real Madrid, including the Champions League and La Liga double, and he personally picked up a fifth Ballon d’Or as well as the the FIFA Best Player and UEFA Player of the Year awards. After a dip in performances at the start of the season, Ronaldo has also been in...

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo asked about life in China – Luiz Felipe Scolari

With Cristiano Ronaldo scoring at a blistering pace since the middle of January, the FC crew discuss the emerging race between him and Messi to be La Liga’s top scorer. Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that Real Madrid will keep moving up the table and Cristiano Ronaldo will beat Lionel Messi as La Liga’s top scorer after he scored four goals in Sunday’s 6-3 thrashing of Girona. Luiz Felipe Scolari has said he advised Cristiano Ronaldo to play in China after the Real Madrid star asked his former Portugal manager about life there. Last January, Madrid president Florentino Perez denied a claim by Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes that a Chinese club had made a €300 million offer for Ronaldo. Portuguese newspaper A Bola also reported that “the multi-millionaires in Chinese ...

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo not near Spanish tax case settlement – source

With Cristiano Ronaldo scoring at a blistering pace since the middle of January, the FC crew discuss the emerging race between him and Messi to be La Liga’s top scorer. Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that Real Madrid will keep moving up the table and Cristiano Ronaldo will beat Lionel Messi as La Liga’s top scorer after he scored four goals in Sunday’s 6-3 thrashing of Girona. Recent Spanish media reports claiming Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been negotiating a deal to avoid prison due to his tax arrears are “just noise and smoke” rising now as the judge may be about to move the case forward to trial, a source at the Spanish tax authority has told ESPN FC. Various Madrid-based publications have claimed to have inside information on the case in which pros...

Can Ronaldo overcome Messi to win the Pichichi?

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Player Power Rankings: Four-goal heroes

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘scores goals, and always will’ – Zinedine Zidane

Ronaldo, Salah and Icardi score four, Messi scores his 25th in La Liga, Ajax have some fun and more feature in this week’s In Case You Missed It. Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that Real Madrid will keep moving up the table and Cristiano Ronaldo will beat Lionel Messi as La Liga’s top scorer after he scored four goals in Sunday’s 6-3 thrashing of Girona. Cristiano Ronaldo upped his La Liga goal tally to 22 with his four-goal performance in Real Madrid’s 6-3 win over Girona. Cristiano Ronaldo upped his La Liga goal tally to 22 with his four-goal performance in Real Madrid’s 6-3 win over Girona. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s “unique ambition” after the Galactico’s latest four-goal haul in Sunday’s 6-3 La ...

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane criticises international break, wants players fit

Craig Burley examines the two most enticing ties of the Champions League quarterfinals and explains why each has a clear favourite. The FC crew detail what Juventus need to do if they are to have a chance against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has questioned the timing of the upcoming international break and hopes his players return fit and healthy after playing with their countries next week. Almost all of Madrid’s players will head away for friendlies with their countries following Sunday’s La Liga game at home to Girona — including Wales international Gareth Bale, who is likely flying to the Far East for the China Cup despite missing some training with his club earlier this week. On their return, Madrid face a La Li...