Dani Alves Faces Sexual Assault Trial In Spain, Prosecutors Seek 9-Year Jail Term

Former Barcelona defender, Dani Alves’ lawyer has claimed that he ‘is broke’ and has a ‘negative bank balance of £17,000’ as the former professional footballer goes on trial in Spain accused of raping a woman in a nightclub. 

The 40-year-old has spent the last year in prison awaiting the trial, but could face a sentence of up to 12 years if found guilty. He could also be ordered to pay damages of £128,000 (€150,000) to his accuser. 

On Monday, the former Brazil defender arrived at a court in Barcelona. He is set to testify on the final day of the trial, after 28 witnesses, including his accuser and his model wife Joana Sanz, will take the stand.

Alves is being represented by lawyer Ines Guardiola, who had, according to Mundo Deportivo per OneFootball, claimed that Alves has ‘a bank balance of negative £17k (€20k) and has a legal embargo on another £42,795 (€50k) worth of assets.’

It comes as the Brazilian, who played for Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain during his career as a professional footballer, reportedly once had a fortune of £47million.

According to Marca, his last major contract with UNAM Pumas saw him reportedly receive more than £256,840-per-month (€300k).

The outlet also claims that he earned approximately £8.6m (€10m) annually at Barcelona.

The father-of-two has in the past set up multiple businesses, 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 stated that Alves was ‘facing a £4m claim from former club UNAM Pumas for a breach of contract.’

His contract was terminated after the Brazilian footballer had been jailed on remand without bail over the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a high-end Barcelona nightclub called Sutton in 2022. 

His accuser gave evidence on the first day of the trial from behind a screen. 

The trial, which is expected to last until Wednesday, commenced just before 10.30am, with Spanish press reporting negotiations over a potential plea bargain had taken place. That would have seen Alves admit to wrongdoing and receive a four-year prison sentence. 

He is alleged to have slapped the alleged victim and forced the woman to have sex with him in the toilet of the nightclub.  

It is understood that State prosecutors want to jail him for nine years if he is convicted.

Alves, who was ordered to stand trial last November, has denied any wrongdoing but admitted to cheating on his wife with his accuser, insisting sex was consensual.

He had previously admitted to having never met his accuser but later changed his story claiming there was no assault and there had been consent.

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