Dani Alves goes on hunger strike in prison after wife Joana leaves him

DANI Alves has gone on hunger strike in jail after his wife left him following allegations he raped a woman in a nightclub, it was reported.

The 39-year-old former Brazil and Barcelona football star has been in prison after being arrested on January 20 following claims he attacked the woman at the end of last year.

His wife Joana Sanz visited Alves in jail in February amid reports the model had demanded a divorce.

According a report from Spanish TV station Cuatro, he has now gone on hunger strike in the prison where he’s being held.

Sources told the broadcaster Alves is “is completely devastated and very nervous” after 29-year-old Joana told him she wanted to end their marriage and there are days when he doesn’t eat at all.

It comes after removed most photos of her with the footballer from her Instagram after he reportedly claimed he had consensual sex with his accuser – having initially denied he knew her.

The Tenerife-born beauty, who married former Barcelona defender Alves in 2017, has yet to make any official comment on the bombshell report.

Alves was sacked by Mexican club UNAM Pumas after he was remanded in custody by a judge in Barcelona.

The 23-year-old woman claimed she was assaulted by Alves at the city’s swanky Sutton venue on December 30, leading to his arrest on January 20.

A judge ruled Alves should be kept in custody, and he has been in the cells since at a jail outside the city.

Alves who enjoyed two spells at Barcelona before signing for Mexican side UNAM Pumas last year, claimed before his arrest he had never met his female accuser.

However, in a court hearing, the footballer reportedly told the magistrate he had consensual sex with the woman.

Following the footballer’s arrest, Joana said she had lost the “two pillars in my life.”

Alves flew into Barcelona after agreeing to be questioned over the allegations.

Previously it emerged the woman claimed Alves slapped her and raped her in the nightclub bathroom,

She is also said to have described seeing the footballer’s intimate tattoo while he was partly undressed.

The tearful woman is said to have immediately told her friends what happened, and bouncers then alerted police.

Pumas terminated his contract after he was held in custody – and now they are reportedly seeking £4million in damages from him for breach of contract.

Alves is the most decorated player in football history with 43 career trophies including three Champions League titles, two Copa Americas and an Olympic gold medal.

Last week he reportedly made his debut for a prison football team.


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