Dani Alves gets lifeline as bail on the cards over massive bond set by Barcelona court

The former Brazilian footballer was convicted of raping a young woman last month

By Web Desk
March 20, 2024
Dani Alves during the hearing of his case at a Barcelona court. — Reuters

Former FC Barcelona and Juventus right-back Dani Alves can get a conditional release from jail on a €1 million (£853,000) bail, a Barcelona court ruled on Wednesday.

In February 2024, Alves was found guilty of raping a young woman in a Barcelona nightclub in December 2022 and was then sentenced to four-and-a-half-year in prison.

As he has been in prison since January 2023, the Brazilian has already spent the quarter of his sentence. The decision was not unanimous due to an opposing vote from one of the judges and thus, can be appealed.

If the bail takes place, the court will take Alves’ Spanish and Brazilian passports so he cannot leave the country and will be appearing in front of the court every week. He has also been ordered by the court to not make any kind of contact with the victim.

It is worth noting that the former defender denied any wrongdoings and claimed that what happened with the victim was consensual after initially denying any interaction with her.

Remember, Alves is one of the most decorated footballers of all time with 42 titles to his name which includes six La Liga, five Spanish Super Cups, five Copa del Ray, four UEFA Super Cups, three UEFA Champions League and many other trophies.

He also won two FIFA Confederations Cup and Copa America titles with Brazil.

In his 21-year-long career, Alves represented big teams like Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco, and Juventus. He played a total of 869 games and scored 61 goals while providing 178 assists from the right flank.

Throughout his two spells at the Catalan club, Alves amassed a total of 408 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 22 goals and providing 105 assists.