Robinho, 36, rejoined Santos for a third stint this week, signing a five-month contract with the Sao Paulo side. However, the deal was met with public outcry in Brazil, stemming from a 2017 sentence for the former AC Milan and Manchester City involvement of a man in the rape of a 22 year old woman in a nightclub.
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“Santos Football Club and Robinho, by mutual consent, have decided to suspend the contract signed on October 10 in order for the player to concentrate exclusively on his defense in the ongoing case in Italy,” the club said in a statement.
Robinho confirmed the news on Instagram, saying: “It is true, with a lot of sadness in my heart, I have come to tell you that I made a decision together with [Santos] president to suspend my contract at this difficult time in my life. “
“My goal has always been to help Santos Football Club, and if I get in the way, I better go and focus on my personal problems. [Santos] fans, those who love me, I will prove my innocence to you. “
On Thursday, Brazilian orthodontic franchise Orthopride announced it was ending its sponsorship deal with the Sao Paulo giant “in honor of women,” and said the company had not been notified before Robinho was signed.
Robinho, who is a free agent, has signed a five-month contract with Santos that will pay him $ 271 (R $ 1,500) a month, which is slightly above Brazil’s minimum wage.
He last played for Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir, helping them win their first Super Lig title last season.
Robinho rose to fame after making his professional debut as a teenager with Santos in 2002. He’s been playing for it ever since Real Madrid, Guangzhou Evergrande and Atletico Mineiro, among other clubs.
He won two national championships, two Paulista tournaments and the Brazilian Cup in his previous two seasons with Santos.
At international level, Robinho earned 100 caps for Brazil, scoring 28 goals. He participated in two World Cups for the five-time world champion.