Former Manchester City Star Set To Begin 9-Year Prison Sentence

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A former marquee signing at Manchester City and Real Madrid star is set to begin a nine-year prison sentence after he lost his final appeal against a conviction for rape.

Robinho was first convicted in 2017 for his part in the gang rape of an Albanian woman in Milan, Italy in 2013. The Brazilian along with five compatriots were found guilty of the horrendous assault of the 22-year-old woman at a Milan nightclub.

The striker played who played for AC Milan at the time of the assault has maintained his innocence throughout, taking an appeal against his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court in Rome. That court has now thrown out Robinho’s final appeal meaning the former Real Madrid player must now serve a nine-year prison sentence for his crime.

The 37-year-old is currently in his native Brazil and is unlikely to face jail time in Italy given that the Brazilian constitution forbids the extradition of its citizens. Although Italian authorities can request that Robinho serves his sentence in a Brazilian prison.

Robinho began his senior career with Santos in his native Brazil, scoring 47 goals in 108 appearances for the club which earned him a move to Real Madrid in 2005. His spell at the Bernabeu came to an end in 2008 when he was the subject of an audacious deadline-day sale to Manchester City on the same day that City were taken over by their Abu Dhabi-based owners.

A return to Santos on loan followed before Robinho joined AC Milan in 2010. The Brazilian who claimed 100 caps for his country also had spells playing for Guangzhou Evergrande, Atletico Mineiro, Sivasspor, and İstanbul Başakşehir before a return to Santos all but signalled the end of his career.