The Paraguayan Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto were arrested at Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo today. Their passports are of Paraguay nationality, while their home country is actually Brazil.
The Ronaldinho brothers remained in custody at the hotel until the official Paraguayan authorities made an official announcement. Ronaldinho arrived in Paraguay at the invitation of casino magnate Nelson Belotti. As planned, he will participate in a number of events with fans and local officials.
Ronaldinho does not currently have a Brazilian passport for failing to enforce a penalty for violating environmental laws in 2018. Former Barca star and brother were convicted of illegally building a pier on Lake Guaiba in 2015, which is considered a permanent reserve. The penalty forced Ronaldinho to pay $ 8.5 million and after the former player refused to pay, the Brazilian Court decided to stop him from leaving the country.
No Brazilian passport, but Ronaldinho still plays the role of ambassador of the country on tourism in September 2019. “Tourism is very important in creating jobs and improving the image of Brazil on an international level,” Ronaldinho said at the launch as an ambassador.
Ronaldinho has had illustrious careers in South America and Europe, where he won the Champions League, La Liga, Serie A and the Copa Libertadores. The 39-year-old former player also won many individual titles, including the 2005 Golden Ball, FIFA 2004 and 2005 Best Player. With Brazil, he won the 2002 World Cup and the 1999 Copa America.
Ronaldinho could be jailed for six months
Former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho faces the risk of being jailed during Paraguay investigating the crime of using a fake passport.
Paraguayan police arrested Ronaldinho and his brother Assis on March 6. The group pleaded for the two to try to reach home detention results, but on March 8, Judge Clara Ruiz Diaz decided that the detention could last for up to six months.
According to O’Globo, Ronaldinho and his brother were held at Agrupacion Especializada prison. This place has many notorious criminals. The former chairman and vice president of the football association Asuncion is also imprisoned here for money laundering and illegal enrichment.
In the detention area, Ronaldinho and his brother were in a separate room. They were given blankets, soaps and insecticides. The couple did not use prison food, but were provided by a law team.