Robinho: from Brazilian soccer crack to a 9-year sentence for gang rape
Robinho, a promising Brazilian soccer player who played in two World Cups with his national team and came to play in Real Madrid, Manchester City Y AC Milan, you will now have to fulfill a 9 year prison sentence and pay a fine of 60 thousand euros together with Ricardo Falco, a friend of the end, for a gang rape, committed during his stay in Italy in 2013, as determined by the Rome Court of Cassation.
The victim had been an Albanian woman who was 22 years old at the time, whom the former soccer player and five other men of the same nationality would have intoxicated before committing the act, and the event occurred in a dance hall in the city of Lombardy.
Since Robinho currently resides in Brazil, it is very difficult for him to be extradited to Italy for the crime due to the laws of his native country. However, the European authorities may request that both Robinho and Falco serve their sentences in the South American country, for which they must submit a request to the Brazilian judicial system and be authorized by the Supreme Court.
At the time of the sentence, which was initially given in October 2017, Robinho had declared in an interview with UOL that the relationship with the victim would have been consensual, but that “couldn’t speak” for others involved in the act. However, a recorded conversation that was used as evidence revealed that the former player knew the woman’s status: “She was completely drunk, she doesn’t even know what happened”.
Robinho had enjoyed a fruitful career in football. Considered one of the greatest promises in the history of Brazilian football, his great performances in Santos (with whom reached the 2003 Copa Libertadores final, which they lost to Boca Juniors) led him to be sold to Real Madrid for a figure close to 25 million euros in 2005.
Its time in the Spanish capital had mixed results, alternating moments of greater and lesser success, until in 2008 it became the first acquisition of Sheikh Mansour, new owner of Manchester City, for 42 million euros, a record figure in the Premier League. His presentation as a player Citizen was characterized by a gaffe of the Brazilian, who stated that “Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted”.
After two years in England where he did not live up to expectations, Robinho became a footballer for AC Milan, where in 2011 he won the club’s first Serie A title in seven years, and then from 2014 he began a journey that took him back to Brazil twice, with Santos and Atlético Mineiro, as well as China (Guangzhou Evergrande) and Turkey (Sivasspor and Istanbul Basaksehir).
In 2020, three years after his conviction became known, he was announced again as a Santos player, but before he could start his third cycle in the Fish his contract was canceled due to rejection by club fans and social movements in Brazil.
In addition to his extensive career at club level, Robinho he played 100 games for the Brazilian team between 2003 and 2017, locating eighth among the footballers who add the most games with the Verdeamarela. He also played the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, converting two goals in South Africa, and three Copa América, winning the 2007 edition in Venezuela.