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Robinho has found a new European club despite his off-field issues

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Robinho's footballing career has been one littered with inconsistencies.

The Brazilian wonder-kid arrived at Real Madrid from Santos in 2005 with the world at his feet and initially hit the ground running with Los Blancos.

Sadly, he failed to break into the starting XI on a regular basis, but did finish with 25 goals in 101 appearances. A £32.5m move to Manchester City followed where, again, he failed to assert himself as the dominant attacking force in the team.

Since his failed stint in England, Robinho has returned to Santos twice on loan and played for AC Milan, Guangzhou Evergrande and Atletico Mineiro.

He was recently made a free agent after an Italian court sentenced him to nine years in prison after being convicted of sexual assault.

However, the sentence will not be enforced until he has completed his appeal.

As such, the 33-year-old Brazilian was free to find a new club in January and he has found one that is prepared to take a huge PR risk and get him on their books.

Turkish side Sivasspor are the side in question, with the club announcing on their official Twitter account that they had reached an agreement with Robinho.

TWEET: ROBINHO HEADING TO TURKEY

The Turkish side will be hoping the Brazilian can give them a much-needed boost this season, with Sivasspor currently languishing in eighth in the Turkish Super Lig table.

They're aren't many household names at the club, with former Everton man Arouna Kone one of the only former Premier League faces there.

ROBINHO'S APPEAL

The Brazilian's appeal could between two to three years, meaning he should be available to play for Sivasspor for some time.

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A statement posted on his Instagram from his legal team on the court's decision read: “Regarding the news involving the striker Robinho, in an incident that occurred several years ago, we wish to clarify that he already declared his innocence and maintained he had no involvement whatsoever."

It added: “All legal steps are now being taken with regards to this decision by a court of first instance.”

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