Robinho will not return to Santos for the time being. The contract of the 100-time Brazilian international has been suspended after controversy has arisen because he is still a suspect in a rape case.
Robinho signed up for minimum salary
“It has been decided by mutual agreement to suspend the validity of the alliance between Robinho and Santos, allowing the player to focus solely on his defense in the trial in Italy,” said one. statement on the website of the Brazilian club.
Robinho, 36, who played for Brazil at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, was sentenced to nine years in prison three years ago for participating in a gang rape in Milan in 2013. The attacker, who played for AC Milan in 2013, always said he was innocent and appealed; that case is still ongoing.
Although he can still be acquitted, numerous Santos sponsors have been angry in recent weeks about the return of Robinho, who played in the main force of the club from 2002 to 2005. One sponsor withdrew and others threaten to do the same.
Robinho wanted to help Santos with his return during the financially difficult times in which the eight-time national champion finds itself. He agreed to earn just 1,500 Brazilian real per month, which equates to about 230 euros.
Robinho’s last official match dates back to July, when he wore the Istanbul Basaksehir shirt. He had an expiring contract with the Turkish top club and previously played for clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester City.