Ronaldinho Opens up on Life Behind Bars in Paraguay

  • Ronaldinho and his brother allegedly entered Paraguay with fake passports
  • Soccer legend spent 32 days behind bars in a Paraguayan prison
  • He was visiting the country to promote a book and launch an online casino
  • The Brazilian has been placed under house arrest in a hotel until a trial date is set
Ronaldinho celebrates after scoring a goal for AC Milan
Former soccer star Ronaldinho has opened up about spending 32 days in jail for allegedly using a fake passport to enter Paraguay. [Image:]

Surprised by arrest

Former Brazil and Barcelona soccer star Ronaldinho has revealed his struggles after spending 32 days in a Paraguayan prison. The Brazilian allegedly entered Paraguay with a fake passport. He entered the country to promote a book called Craque da Vida and launch a new online casino.

His brother Roberto Assis, who acts as his manager, also went to jail. From April 9, they were able to stay at a four-star hotel (Palmaroga Hotel) while still under police custody. They are now waiting for a trial date to be confirmed following numerous delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

entered the country to promote a book called Craque da Vida and launch a new online casino

Ronaldinho spoke of his surprise at being arrested during an interview with ABC TV’s Crime and Punishment show in Paraguay. During the interview, which is set to air on Monday, the 40-year-old soccer legend said: “I never imagined that I would go through a situation like this.”

Ronaldinho is hoping the issue will be resolved as soon as possible.

Wants to return home

It was on March 4 that the pair entered Paraguay using false passports. They claim that these passports had been given to them as a gift. According to the soccer star, he and his brother were shocked to find out that the documents were not in fact legal

Dealing with the country’s justice department, Ronaldinho is trying to clarify all of the facts. While he thanked the people of Paraguay for being so welcoming, he still wants to return home to Brazil. He said the first thing he will do upon his return is to give his mother a big kiss.

She is at home going through a difficult time since the COVID-19 pandemic started.”

During his time behind bars, Ronaldinho routinely played sports and posed for photos with prison guards.

The Brazilian is a soccer legend

Having started his professional soccer career with Gremio in his native Brazil, Ronaldinho moved to Europe to play for Paris Saint-Germain. His next two transfers saw him play for Barcelona and AC Milan, respectively. In 2005, the Brazilian was named FIFA World Player of the Year and awarded the Ballon d’Or trophy.

Ronaldinho played 97 matches for his country, scoring 33 goals along the way. He played a key role in Brazil winning the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He retired from soccer in 2015 after a brief stint at Fluminense.

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