Former Brazil international footballer Dani Alves has been released on bail pending his appeal for a rape conviction in Spain; after meeting a one million dollar bail condition.

He was released on Monday following an announcement by the Court

Alves, one of the world’s most decorated footballers, was sentenced last month to four-and-a-half years in jail for raping a young woman in the V.I.P bathroom of a Barcelona nightclub in the early hours of 31st December, 2022.

In a surprise move, a Barcelona court agreed last Wednesday to his request for provisional release while his appeal is heard on condition that he posted bail of a million dollars, hand over his Spanish and Brazilian passports, remain in the country and present himself to court on a weekly basis.