Metzelder, who played for Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Schalke 04, was in the 2002 World Cup final when the Brazilian team won the fifth title against Germany 2-0 with goals from Ronaldo Phenomenon
The former defender Christoph Metzelder was formally charged on Monday, 22, for possession and dissemination of child pornography images, the Dusseldorf District Court said. The German, who hung up his boots in 2014, will start on trial on April 29 this year and will need to appear in two more hearings in May. Metzelder, who went through Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid e Schalke 04, was at the final of 2002 World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan, when Brazil won the fifth title over Germany 2-0 with goals from Ronaldo Phenomenon.
At the end of last year, Metzelder was charged by the Dusseldorf prosecutors, who took the action after having access to the player’s cell phone and computer, seized in a police operation carried out in 2019. In the objects, he not only had child pornography content, but had passed the material on to at least another person, a woman who has not yet been identified. The first investigations, initiated from indications received by the German newspaper image, were held in the city of Hamburg, but were eventually taken over by the Düsseldorf Public Ministry, according to the former player’s residence. Metzelder was the holder of the Germany at the 2002 World Cups, in which the team lost in the final to Brazil by 2 to 0, and in 2006, in which the four-time champions today were eliminated by Italy, in the semifinals.