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This footballer outplayed Mexico National Team back in the day, but now he’s going to jail

During the match between El Tri and Brazil National Team, this player showed why he was called to be the next Pelé.

El Tri won that match by a 2-0 score.
El Tri won that match by a 2-0 score.

He was sentenced to 9 years in prison, and he’ll have to serve it starting this year, after running out of appellations for a violent sexual assault Robinho and his friends committed in 2013, back when he was still playing for AC Milan, when he was one of the best soccer players in the world.

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The initial conviction dates to 2017 and was upheld twice, first in 2020 and then today, after a tribunal in Rome said that "the victim was humiliated and used by the player and his friends to satisfy their sexual urges". But its yet to be seen whether Robinho will serve his sentence in Italy or in Brazil, where he currently resides.

But back in the day, when he was on his prime, he outplayed Mexico National Team during a game part of 2007 Copa America, especially Rafael Márquez, who already had won his first Champions League and a two-time La Liga champion.

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Robinho’s retirement from soccer

After the initial conviction, Robinho, who back then was playing in Brazil, joined Turkish Sivasspor in 2018, where he played for a year before moving to Süper Lig side İstanbul Başakşehir FK. He was released by the club after his conviction was upheld in the second audience, but he quickly managed to sign with Brazilian Santos, who waved him after just 6 days after receiving backlash from media and sponsors. He’s been without a team since them.

Jorge Castro Amézquita

SEO writer and editor. Mexican. I follow Mexico National Team, Liga MX and MLS. Linguistics and Hispanic Literature graduated. Club Puebla follower.+ info

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