How Ex-Barcelona Teammate Helped Dani Alves Avoid Lengthier Prison Sentence

Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves|Photo Credit: Imago

How Ex-Barcelona Teammate Helped Dani Alves Avoid Lengthier Prison Sentence

Ayoola Kelechi 23:52 - 22.02.2024

Daniel Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison but his punishment could have been worse but for the intervention of one of his former teammates

In a recent turn of events, Daniel Alves, the former Barcelona and Brazil defender, was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

This verdict came after a trial that captivated the sports world, with a sentence that, while significant, was on the lower end of the potential spectrum in Spain, where sexual assault convictions can range from four to twelve years.

A Lenient Sentence Amidst Harsh Possibilities

The sentence handed down to Alves sparked discussions, given the gravity of the charges and the potential for a much harsher penalty. Prosecutors had initially sought a nine-year sentence for Alves, while the victim advocated for the maximum twelve-year incarceration. 

The relatively lenient sentence of four years and six months raised questions about the factors that may have contributed to this outcome.

Neymar's Family Steps In

A pivotal element in the sentencing phase was the introduction of a compensation package worth €150k, aimed at the victim. Remarkably, this financial settlement did not come directly from Alves, who claimed financial insolvency, but rather from the family of Neymar Junior, Alves' former teammate at Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and the Brazilian national team. 

Reports from Brazil, as cited by Sport, suggest that Neymar's family provided Alves with the necessary funds to secure the compensation package, a gesture that seemingly played a role in mitigating the sentence.

The Impact of Compensation on Sentencing

The involvement of Neymar's family in facilitating the compensation package introduces a complex layer to the case, highlighting the role that financial settlements can play in legal outcomes. While the payment does not absolve Alves of his conviction, it appears to have been a factor considered by the court in determining the length of his sentence.

Alves, who has already spent 13 months in prison, faces an additional 54 months behind bars. This extended stay, though daunting, is less severe than it might have been, thanks in part to the intervention of his ex-teammate's family.