Robinho sentenced to prison

Former Brazil international striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in a gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013.

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Robinho spent 5-years playing for AC Milan between 2010-15

The former AC Milan player was found guilty by an Italian court along with five other Brazilian nationals of plying a 22-year-old Albanian girl full of alcohol then raping her.

The 33-year-old Robinho was then playing for Milan and met the girl along with his friends in a nightclub in the Italian city.

He joined AC Milan in 2010 from Manchester City after an unsuccessful spell in the Premier League. He later left the club in 2015, return home to Brazil to play for Santos during a loan spell.

In 2015 he made a permanent move to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, where he only spent six months. He returned back to Brazil to play for Atletico Mineiro on a two-year deal.

He is known in England for famously signing for Manchester City on transfer deadline day for a British record of £32.5m. It all happened on the same day Sheikh Mansour purchased the Manchester club.

Robinho travelled to England from Madrid where is he was playing for Real Madrid. He thought he was travelling to sign for English Premier League giants Manchester United, but on arrival realised there was more than one Premier League club in Manchester.

The Brazilian forward has been capped 100 times for his country and scored 28 goals in the process. He was dubbed the next Pele during his time at Santos where he started his career.

The player denies any involvement in the rape and still claims he has taken no part in the ordeal. His legal team are expected to appeal the sentencing and hope to get the players name cleared.

Robinho was not in court for the sentencing. He is still home in Brazil and it is not clear whether he will return back to Italy to serve his prison term.