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A Rio de Janeiro judge has sentenced former Real Madrid and Brazil international full-back, Roberto Carlos, to jail for failing to pay child support, after he claimed financial problems to justify the delay of payment to his ex.
The 44-year-old owes his ex-partner, Barbara Thurler, $20,000. Carlos, a father of 9, has two children with Thurler. Judge Mayane de Castro said the family rejected a proposal by the 44-year-old to pay the sum in instalments.
The retired World Cup winner’s lawyer, Fernando Pittner, said the matter would be resolved without Carlos going to jail. Carlos, who was capped 125 times for Brazil’s national team, currently lives in Spain and works as an ambassador for Real Madrid.