According to Gazzetta dello Sport Brazilian international footballer and former Real Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester City star striker Robinho has been sentenced to 9 years in prison following a trial where he has been found guilty along with 5 other men of sexually assaulting an Albanian girl in a incident at a Milan night club back in January 22, 2013 when Robinho was playing for AC Milan.
The revelation is the latest in a series of high profile sexual assault related charges to come out about so called celebrities and such behaviour is heinous in the very worst of ways.
According to Italian law Robinho won’t be sent to prison until the entire appeal process has been completed and he could have the verdict overturned and be found innocent.
The appeal process could take a number of years but should the 33 year old, now playing in Brazil with Atlético Mineiro since 2016, lose the appeal he could be extradited to Italy to serve his time in prison.
Robinho was the next brilliant young Brazilian wonderkid when he moved to Europe leaving his original Brazilian club Santos to join Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2005 as the football world saw another world-class Brazilian talent make his move to one of the world’s biggest clubs.
Robinho was a talent in the mould of Ronaldinho in so much as he had all the tricks and could make defenders look stupid and he had a decent finishing rate.
The Brazilian was not a big man however and struggled when he had to face a tough team and he was not a responsible defensive player, it was all about the attack and his subtle flicks and silky skills.
The British transfer record was broken in 2008 when Mark Hughes the then Man City boss scored what looked like one of the transfer coups of all time when he managed to sign Robinho from Real Madrid for £32million.
Robinho started well in the Premier League and dazzled with his ball control and highlight reel goals but the trips to play Stoke City on a freezing cold Sunday afternoon and the frequently cold and rain affected matches in the Premier League and England in general soon started to take their toll on the Brazilian striker.
After a number of poor displays Manchester City sent Robinho out on loan to his first club Santos back in his homeland after featuring in only 41 games over 2 seasons with just 14 goals for the Citizens.
A five year spell in Italy at AC Milan where he won a Serie a title and a year in China at Guangzhou Evergrande followed but Robinho never hit the heights he once had again.
Robinho had been accused of sexual assault in the past during his Manchester City career in 2009, but was later cleared of the accusation.