Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years after being found guilty of rape, but goes to prison with a negative balance of £17,000 despite being ordered to pay court costs and a £128,000 fine imposed. by the court. the victim.
The disgraced ex Barcelona Star was told he had been found guilty this morning at Barcelona court, where he stood trial earlier this month after being driven to court in a police van.
In addition to his sentence, he was ordered to pay compensation of £128,000 (€150,000) to his accuser, as well as legal costs of the trial.
However, his lawyer previously claimed his client “is bankrupt” and has a “negative bank balance of £17,000”, meaning the former Brazil international could struggle to meet the fine imposed on him.
Former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves attends his trial in Barcelona on February 5, 2024
Alves was sentenced this Thursday to four years and six months in prison after being found guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub.
Inés Guardiola, Dani Alves’ lawyer, is pictured leaving the court after the hearing in early February.
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It comes as the Brazilian, who played for Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain during his career as a professional footballer, was reportedly once worth £47million.
According to Marca, his last major contract with UNAM Pumas reportedly received more than £256,840 per month (€300k).
The outlet also claims that he earned approximately £8.6 million (€10 million) a year in Barcelona.
In the past, the father of two has created several companies, including a representation agency called Flashforward Group, a sports advisory company called Cedro Esports and a fashion brand DM3 Fashion Moda.
But in February 2023, reports indicated that Alves was facing a £4 million claim from former club UNAM Pumas for breach of contract.
His contract was terminated after the Brazilian footballer was remanded in custody without bail for the alleged sexual assault of a woman at a luxury nightclub in Barcelona called Sutton in 2022.
The 40-year-old father of two now faces his first night behind bars as a convicted sex offender.
He had been detained in Brians 2 prison, near the Catalan capital, since his arrest in January last year.
The former Barcelona defender had spent the last year in prison awaiting trial
Doña Lucía, mother of Dani Alves, and her siblings arrived at the court before the hearing in early February.
Judicial officials confirmed on Thursday: ‘Daniel Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.
‘The court also ordered him to stay away from his victim for nine and a half years and determined that he must pay her €150,000 and pay costs.
Alves protested his innocence on February 7 after taking the stand on the final day of his three-day trial at the Barcelona Provincial Court.
His accuser gave evidence on the first day of the trial behind a screen.
The trial initially began on Monday, February 5, shortly before 10:30 am, and the Spanish press reported that negotiations had taken place over a possible plea deal. That would have caused Alves to admit wrongdoing and receive a four-year prison sentence.
He allegedly slapped the alleged victim and forced her to have sex with him in a bathroom at the nightclub.
It is understood that state prosecutors wanted to sentence him to nine years in prison if convicted.
Alves, who was ordered to go to trial last November, denied any wrongdoing but admitted to cheating on his ex-wife with his accuser, insisting the sexual relations were consensual.
He had previously admitted that he had never met his accuser, but later changed his story, stating that there was no assault and that there was consent.
Dani Alves takes a photograph with his ex-wife, the model Joana Sanz, in a publication shared on Instagram
Dani Alves’ family is seen leaving the court during the trial earlier this month, including his ex-wife Joana Sanz (centre left) and his mother Lucía (centre right).
At the height of his career, Alves was considered one of the best right backs in the world.
In 2023, the former Barcelona defender appeared in an exclusive interview from his cell in Brians 2 prison, near the Catalan city, with Spanish television reporter and journalist Mayka Navarro.
He stated: ‘The only person I have to apologize to is my wife, Joana Sanz.’
According to prosecutors, his accuser is currently being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and had left his accuser feeling “distress and terror.”
Alves has also had repeated requests for bail rejected, while his legal team lost the battle to keep the trial behind closed doors.