Seven footballers who have criminal records


After a French court found Real Madrid star Karim Benzema guilty of complicity in blackmail this week, here are seven past and present footballers who have criminal records. 

France international Benzema was given a one-year suspended prison sentence and a €75 000 (R1.3 million) fine for his part in the blackmailing of his former national teammate Mathieu Valbuena using a sex tape on Wednesday.

Scroll through the gallery above to see seven players who have a criminal record

Although the striker's lawyer has claimed they will appeal the court's ruling, the Los Blancos talisman now has a criminal record to his name, even though he won't spend any time behind bars.

Someone else who has such a record is former AC Milan and Manchester City attacker Robinho, who was sentenced earlier this year to nine years in prison for raping a 23-year-old girl, per Marca. 

Selecao and FC Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has also found himself in hot water with the law this year, notwithstanding the fact that he already has a criminal record after he was arrested in Paraguay for entering the country with fake documentation in 2020, per the Daily Mail. 

Read: Ronaldinho to go to jail again?

Another ex-Barca star with a criminal record is Arda Turan, who received an almost three-year suspended sentence for firing a gun in a hospital back in 2019.

Earlier this year, meanwhile, German defender Jerome Boateng was found guilty by a Munich court of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, and was ordered to pay a hefty £1.5 million (R31.7 million) fine, per the BBC.  

Other notable players who have been convicted of crimes include Villarreal star Serge Aurier and former Watford captain Troy Deeney, for assaulting a police officer and a group of students, respectively, according to CaughtOffside. 

Here are two other French stars, besides Benzema, who were involved in court cases this year