Ex-Brazil defender Cafu set to take legal action against AS Roma over image rights, demanding €11.8 million

Ex-Brazil captain Cafu is threatening to sue former club AS Roma for almost €12m over unpaid fees for his appearance in a sponsorship video in 2019, but is providing one last chance to settle.


Ex-Brazil captain Cafu is ready to take legal action against former club AS Roma after not receiving payment for a sponsorship video he filmed with the Serie A outfit.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Cafu is still awaiting payment after appearing in an in-flight safety video with Roma‘s former sponsors, Qatar Airways, in 2019.

The former right-back struck an agreement with Roma‘s previous president, James Pallotta, to serve as an ambassador for the Giallorossi and feature in a video that was shot in the Polish capital of Warsaw, and distributed globally by Qatar Airways in conjunction with Roma.

Cafu unable to mediate with AS Roma

Cafu has argued that he never received payment for his image rights being used by the club and the airline, and had expected payment within months of the advertisement being shot.

Indeed, the two-time World Cup winner employed agent Vincenzo Alliota to mediate with Roma and find an agreement over payment in 2020, but this was hampered by Pallotta‘s sale of the capital club to the Friedkin Group in the same year.

With such a lengthy wait for a resolution, Cafu has now decided to reluctantly take legal action against Roma to secure his payment, despite feeling a strong attachment to his former club.

Former defender Cafu in a charity match for AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma)

Former Brazil captain demands €11.8m

The former AC Milan star is ready to give Roma until November 17 to reach an agreement with him, otherwise he will push ahead with a legal claim for €11.8 million. The figure has been estimated by the length of time passed since the video was published, and other sponsorship agreements the Brazilian has agreed to.

Cafu joined Roma from Palmeiras in 1997 and went on to make 217 appearances before joining AC Milan in 2003, helping the Giallorossi to the Serie A title in 2001.

The defender was instrumental in Roma‘s title success under Fabio Capello, establishing himself as one of the world’s best right-backs.


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