Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho has been arrested in Paraguay for allegedly using false documentation to enter the South American country.
The 39-years former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was detained in
the Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo along with his brother Roberto on
Wednesday night accordimg to the Ministry of Interior of Paraguay.
According to La Nacion, passports were found in the hotel bearing the names of
Ronaldinho and Roberto with Paraguayan nationality.
An official statement from the Paraguayan police said Ronaldinho and his entourage had been invited to Paraguay by casino owner Nelson Belotti.
The Brazil international was expected to hold several publicity events with the
media invited to witness his interaction with fans and dignitaries.
The former Barcelona star and his brother were convicted of illegally building a
fishing trap at Lake Guaiba in 2015 without proper licensing in a permanent
That conviction saw the duo handed an $8.5 million fine in November 2018 and
after failing to pay up, Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice decided to stop
Ronaldinho from being able to leave the country.
Ronaldinho arrested despite currently without a Brazilian passport because of an environmental fine he received in 2018.
The Brazilian forward had a great career during his playing days as he represented the likes of AC Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldinho also won the 2002 world cup with Brazil as well as winning the Balloon D’or.