Robinho, who las played for Brazil in 2017, lot his final appeal against a conviction for his role in a Milan gang rape case in 2013. The Supreme Court in Rome on Wednesday upheld the previous ruling sentence of nine years in jail. 

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Robinho and five other Brazilians were found guilty of assaulting an Albanian woman, 22, in a nightclub in 2017. His first appeal in December 2020 failed and the sentence was upheld. 

However, the forward is in Brazil and the South American country bans the extradition of its citizens. Hence, him serving his sentence in Italy seems unlikely. However, authorities can request that he serves nine years in Brazil. 

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Robinho is yet to retire from football. He signed for Santos in October 2020 after a stint in Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir. The club were criticised for signing the 37-year-old due to the guilty verdict. They suspended his contract “in order for the player to concentrate exclusively on his defence in the ongoing case in Italy”.

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Robinho has been capped 100 times by Brazil. He started his career at Santos and then moved to Real Madrid in 2005. He won two La Liga titles. 

The forward then moved to Manchester City for £32.5m, then a British record fee. He won Serie A during his spell at AC Milan, but returned to Santos for another loan spell in August 2014 before joining Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in July 2015.