Friday 9 December 2016 08:49, UK
Spanish prosecutors have presented charges against three former Real Madrid players - Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria and Ricardo Carvalho - for alleged tax fraud, according to a prosecution source.
Madrid's provincial prosecutor confirmed in a statement it had presented tax charges against three footballers and said it was investigating two others, after acting on information from Spain's tax authorities.
It did not name the players involved or detail the exact charges it was pursuing.
It will now be up to a court to investigate the cases and decide whether to bring the charges against the players or not.
The two players being investigated were one-time Atletico Madrid player Radamel Falcao - now at Monaco - and Fabio Coentrao, a left-back at Real Madrid, the prosecution source said.
Gestifute, a Lisbon-based agency which represents Di Maria, Carvalho, Falcao and Coentrao, did not respond to several requests for comment.
Inaki Ibanez, an agent for midfielder Alonso, now at Bayern Munich, did not respond either.
Alonso, who left Real Madrid in 2014, denied any wrongdoing last year when Spanish newspaper El Mundo first reported he was being investigated by authorities, saying he had always met his tax obligations.
Former Manchester United winger Di Maria now plays for France's Paris Saint-Germain, while Carvalho, part of the Portugal squad that won Euro 2016, was released by Monaco in August.
The treasury ministry, which oversees the tax department, declined to comment.