Brazilian star Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault, according to reports in Italy.
The reports claim that the former AC Milan forward, 33, and five others were convicted for an attack on an Albanian girl in a Milan nightclub in January 2013, when Robinho was playing in Italy.
However, Marisa Alija Ramos, Robinho’s agent and lawyer, insisted that the former Real Madrid and Manchester City star is innocent.
Ramos told Daily Mail: “With regards to the allegations surrounding Robinho, the alleged incident took place several years ago.
“I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident.
“All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision.”
Robinho moved to Europe amid much hype in 2005 when he joined Real Madrid from Santos.
He broke the British transfer record in 2008 when Man City lured him from Real Madrid for £32million.
After a bright start to life in England, he soon started to struggle and was eventually sent out on loan to former club Santos after just 16 months.
At the end of the season, he moved to AC Milan where he was joined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and later Antonio Cassano en route to winning Serie A.
He would spend five years in Italy before moving to China with Guangzhou Evergande and he is currently back in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro.