Neymar faces backlash in Dani Alves sexual assault case – criticism of ‘soft’ four-and-a-half-year sentence

Alves, aged 40, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at a Barcelona nightclub in December 2022.

Neymar Saving Dani Alves From Longer Prison Time
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Alves, aged 40, received a four-and-a-half-year jail term after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at a Barcelona nightclub in December 2022. Brazilian Minister for Women, Cida Goncalves, criticized the leniency of the sentence, considering the severity of the crime, as reported by Sport. Gleisi Hoffman, President of the Worker’s Party and a representative, expressed strong disapproval towards Neymar for purportedly covering the €150,000 (£129,000/$164,000) in damages that Alves owed to the victim, a former teammate for Brazil and Barcelona.

Hoffman, speaking through Football Espana, stated, “The conviction of the rapist Daniel Alves is pedagogical and exemplary, it shows that society no longer tolerates sexist and misogynistic behaviour. The absurd thing was that he borrowed money from Neymar, paid the compensation and reduced the sentence, something that does not solve anything for the victim, it does not erase their suffering.”

Despite his illustrious career spanning clubs like Barcelona, Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain, and Sevilla, the rape conviction has irreversibly tainted Alves’ legacy. Regarded as one of the finest right-backs of his era, this incident reshapes how he will be remembered indefinitely.

Alves is anticipated to challenge the verdict, prompting further developments in due course. In Spain, accusations of rape are typically treated as cases of sexual assault, with convictions carrying sentences ranging from four to 15 years imprisonment.


Neymar da Silva Santos Junior

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 32

175 cm

68 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 3 24 Missed
Minutes 206 68.7 Avg
Goals 0 0.0 Avg
Assist 2 0.7 Avg
Attempt 8 2.7 Avg
Passes 98 32.788.3% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 3 times for 206 minutes for Pro League.

Neymar didn’t score any goal for Al Hilal. He procured two assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 1st in Pro League. In the last match Al Hilal won 3-1 against Al Raed.

Al Hilal performance and stats

Al Hilal

Manager: Jorge Pinheiro de Jesus
Rank 1st
Win 25
Draw 2
Loss 0
Goals 83-17
Diff 66

Al Hilal is currently 1st in the Pro League with 56 points.

In the last 20 games, it has won 18 times and drawn twice. In its last match, Al Hilal won 3-1 against Al Raed.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 62 goals and conceding 10.​

Al Hilal will play the next match in Pro League against Al Ettifaq on Monday 26th of February in Dammam. The prediction is Al Hilal winning the match.​