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Breaking: Brazil and Barcelona Legend Ronaldinho tested positive for Corona Virus

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Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.


Ronaldinho, who won 97 caps for Brazil between 1999 and 2013, posted a video to his Instagram story revealing his diagnosis. The 40-year-old said he is asymptomatic and is self-isolating in Belo Horizonte, having arrived in the city on Saturday.

“I’ve been here in BH since yesterday, I came to participate in an event,” Ronaldinho said on Sunday.

“I took the test and tested positive for COVID. I’m fine, asymptomatic, but we’ll have to leave the event for later. Soon we will be there together. Big hug!”

Wishing him a speedy recovery!


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Just in: Ronaldinho released from Paraguay prison

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Ronaldinho was released from house arrest in Paraguay, where he was arrested in March.

Former Barcelona and Brazil star Ronaldinho has been released from house arrest in Paraguay after nearly five months.

Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto Assis, were jailed in March after entering the country with fake passports. The pair were then moved to house arrest in a Paraguayan hotel in April after serving 32 days in prison.

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Ronaldinho, a key part of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning squad, and his brother were released from house arrest on Monday. While he will have to pay a $90,000 fine, his brother was fined $110,000; travel conditions were imposed on both.

Former Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan forward Ronaldinho won 97 caps for Brazil between 1999 and 2013, scoring 33 times. He won the Ballon d’Or in 2005.

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Ronaldinho released from Paraguay detention after months.

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Former Brazil star Ronaldinho was released Monday by a Paraguayan judge after five months in detention over a forged passport.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla also released Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who also had been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion, for the same charge.

The 40-year-old former World Cup winner “is free to travel to whatever country in the world he wants but he must inform us if he changes his permanent residence” for a period of one year, the judge said.

“He has no restrictions except for the fulfilment of reparations for damage to society.”

Dressed in jeans, a black beret and black shirt, Ronaldinho accepted the terms of his release, which include payment of $90,000 damages. His brother, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager, must pay $110,000.

The pair are also expected to appear before a judge in Brazil every three months — Ronaldinho for a year and his brother for two.

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Amarilla accepted a recommendation by four prosecutors to avoid the need for an oral trial.

“There is no indication that he has any personal characteristics or criminal behaviour that … would put society at risk,” the prosecutor said prior to Monday’s trial.

Prosecutors did not believe Ronaldinho took part in the plan to manufacture the fake Paraguayan passports but believed de Assis Moreira was aware that the passports were false.

The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, due to take part in an event in support of disadvantaged children.

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However, two days later, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.

After being held in a police station in Asuncion, where Ronaldinho celebrated his 40th birthday on March 21, the two men had been under house arrest for more than four months in a luxury hotel in the capital, on bail of $1.6 million.

The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering.

Some 18 people have already been arrested in connection with the case, most of them immigration officials or police officers.

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Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win.

He played for European giants such as Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain during a hugely successful 10-year stint in Europe.

He won the Champions League and two La Liga titles with Braca and Serie A with Milan.

After returning home to Brazil he won the Copa Libertadores — South America’s equivalent of the Champions League — with Atletico Mineiro.

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Paraguayan hearing into Ronaldinho’s fake passport opens.

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After six months under arrest in Paraguay, former Brazil football star Ronaldinho was set for a hearing on Monday on charges of travelling with false documents, according to judicial sources.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla is due to start the hearing in Asuncion at 14:00 local time (1800 GMT). Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto has also been charged.

The public prosecutor’s office has recommended Ronaldinho pay a $90,000 fine for “damage to society” and is freed to return to Brazil where the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain player would also be expected to appear before a judge every three months for a year.

“There is no indication that he has any personal characteristics or criminal behaviour that…would put society at risk,” the prosecutor said.

Prosecutors have recommended that Roberto pay a $110,000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years.

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Prosecutors do not believe Ronaldinho took part in the plan to manufacture the fake Paraguayan passports. They do think Roberto was aware that the passports were false.

Ronaldinho and Roberto, in Paraguay to promote a book, were arrested on March 6.

After being held in a police station in Asuncion, where the 2005 Ballon d’Or celebrated his 40th birthday on March 21, the two men have been under house arrest for almost five months in a luxury hotel in the capital, on bail of $1.6 million.

Some 18 people have already been arrested in connection with the case, most of them immigration officials or police officers.

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Ronaldinho could be freed on August 24 following five months detention in Paraguay over a forged passport, judicial sources said on Monday.

The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star was detained alongside his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira on March 6, accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports.

In this file photo taken on March 07, 2020 Brazilian retired football player Ronaldinho (C) and his brother Roberto Assis (R) arrive at Asuncion’s Justice Palace to appear before a public prosecutor who will decide whether to grant them bail or not following their irregular entry to the country, in Asuncion.(Photo by Norberto DUARTE / AFP)
They spent a month behind bars before paying a $1.6 million bail and being released to house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic centre of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla has set a date of August 24 to hear the case against the brothers.

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Prosecutors have submitted a proposal to the judge that would see Ronaldinho, 40, pay a $90,000 fine “to repair social damage” but be allowed to return home to Brazil where he would have to appear before a judge every three months for a year.

Ronaldinho denies having any knowledge the passports were fake.
His brother — who allegedly knew about the false passports — would have to pay a $110,000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years.

Prosecutors also asked for a two-year suspended prison sentence for Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager.

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The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, due to take part in the event in support of disadvantaged children.

However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.

The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering.

Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win.

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Ronaldinho set for release on August 24

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Brazil great Ronaldinho could be freed on August 24 following five months detention in Paraguay over a forged passport, judicial sources said on Monday.

The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star was detained alongside his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira on March 6, accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports.

In this file photo taken on March 07, 2020 Brazilian retired football player Ronaldinho (C) and his brother Roberto Assis (R) arrive at Asuncion’s Justice Palace to appear before a public prosecutor who will decide whether to grant them bail or not following their irregular entry to the country, in Asuncion.(Photo by Norberto DUARTE / AFP)

They spent a month behind bars before paying a $1.6 million bail and being released to house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic centre of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla has set a date of August 24 to hear the case against the brothers.

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Prosecutors have submitted a proposal to the judge that would see Ronaldinho, 40, pay a $90,000 fine “to repair social damage” but be allowed to return home to Brazil where he would have to appear before a judge every three months for a year.

Ronaldinho denies having any knowledge the passports were fake.

His brother — who allegedly knew about the false passports — would have to pay a $110,000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years.

Prosecutors also asked for a two-year suspended prison sentence for Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager.

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The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, due to take part in the event in support of disadvantaged children.

However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.

The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering.

Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win.


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Ronaldinho open up on his 60 days house arrest experience.

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Barcelona football legend, Ronaldinho has opened up on his house arrest in Paraguay for allegedly using a fake passport to enter South American country.

The 40-year-old and his brother Roberto were arrested in March after police found passports bearing their names with Paraguayan nationality despite having their Brazilian passports confiscated in 2018.

They spent 32 days in prison before they were released from jail in April and then transferred to a luxury hotel where they kept them under house arrest.

Ronaldinho, who reportedly paid a £1.3million bond for himself and his brother to be released says he is ‘very calm’ and is doing ‘anything to pass time in the most pleasant way possible’.

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He told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo: ‘It has been sixty long days.’

Comparing his house arrest to those who have been isolating in their homes during lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said: ‘People in their homes must imagine what it must be like not being able to do what you are used to.

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‘I think that is something that will remain with us all forever after living in this complicated experience.

‘I hope that soon everything will return to normal and we can return to our homes. Hopefully, everything will be as before.’

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The Brazilian legend is staying in the four-star Hotel Palmaroga, which is one of a number of hotels owned by Barcelona.

Definitely, Barcelona and I are united forever. It will always be my second city,’ he added.

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‘Barcelona always treats me with a lot of love and respect. I thank you with all my heart for the messages and your love.

‘It is the most incredible club and the fans live deep in my heart. I thank you with all my heart.’


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Ronaldinho Got a goodbye barbecue with tearful inmates before release


Inmates were in tears as they held a barbecue to say goodbye to Ronaldinho this week after the former Brazil star was placed on house arrest following 32 days in a Paraguayan prison, according to NobleSports.

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis, who is also his business manager, were incarcerated in Paraguay since March 6 for attempting to enter the country with falsified passports, even though residents of Brazil do not need passports to enter their landlocked neighbour.


They had been denied bail three times previously but on Tuesday a judge granted them house arrest in exchange for a bail payment of $1.6 million.

Once the news reached the inmates at the detention unit in Asuncion, sources have explained how they hastily arranged a goodbye barbecue for Ronaldinho and his brother.


The former Barcelona forward had become a popular figure at the facility. Sources told NobleSports he was “loved” by his fellow prisoners at the jail, where daily activities included playing football with the inmates and the employees and attending a carpentry course.

He has promised to return to visit them before he heads back to Brazil, although it is unclear when that will be possible. The probe into the falsified passports has expanded into an investigation into possible money laundering.


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Messi Makes Double Furious Denials


Lionel Messi has used social media to brand a series of stories in the Argentine media – including that he had paid former team mate Ronaldinho’s bail – as “fake news”.

The Barcelona star issued the angry denial on Thursday evening after TNT Sports reported that he had put down the money to free the ex-Camp Nou star from prison in Paraguay.


Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were released from prison in Paraguay on Tuesday and placed under house arrest after 32 days behind bars. The pair were arrested in early March after allegedly using a false passport to enter the country.

Lawyers for Ronaldinho and Assis have posted a $1.6 million (£1.3m) bail on behalf of their clients, after a previous application was denied because authorities deemed the pair to be a flight risk.


The sudden payment of such a substantial fee has led to speculation as to where the money came from – however, Messi made it clear via his Instagram page that it was nothing to do with him.

He also refuted recent stories linking him with a move away from Barcelona, with Inter being heavily touted as a possible next destination.


Screenshotting a tweet from TNT Sports, Messi wrote “#FakeNews'”and “Lie 1: Messi to Inter, Lie 2: Messi gave money to Ronaldinho in jail”.

He then added another sentence, which translates as: “What they said about Newell’s Old Boys a few weeks ago is also false, thank God no one believed them…”


Former Inter president Massimo Moratti claimed that a deal for Messi was possible for the Serie A side . He told Radio Rai: “I don’t think it’s a forbidden dream at all. Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune [the coronavirus lockdown].

“Messi is at the end of his contract and it would certainly be attempted to bring him home. I don’t know if this situation will change anything, but I think we will see strange things at the end of the year.”


Former Inter midfielder Benoit Cauet also insisted the Nerazzurri can sign Messi , while even La Liga president Javier Tebas suggested their biggest name player leaving the league “would not be a drama.”

“I do not think that the arrival of Messi can solve the problems of Serie A, which are linked to the bad relationship between debts, high and insufficient collections,” Tebas said on a video conference with reporters.


“Serie A’s figures are stressed, and these economic problems certainly are not solved by Leo Messi. I would like Messi to stay here, but if he leaves it would not be a drama.”

However, all of this has been strongly denied by Messi, who posted his fierce rebuttal on Instagram to his 147 million followers.


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Messi DENIES reports of Inter or Newell’s Old Boys move & paying Ronaldinho bail


Lionel Messi took to social media to deny reports about any possible move to Inter at the end of the season.

The Barcelona captain lashed out at the Argentine media outlet TNT Sports, which reported that the player may join the Serie A side.


“What they said in this same newspaper about Newell’s [Old Boys] a few weeks ago was also false,” Messi posted on social media along with a screenshot of TNT Sports’ tweet.

“Thank goodness that nobody believes them anymore.”


Messi also denied another Source report that linked him with Ronaldinho’s bail payment, which led to the Brazilian’s release from the Paraguayan prison.


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40 years old convicted Ronaldinho celebrate birthday in prison.


Ronaldinho spent his time on the pitch dodging defenders and his post-football career evading the law.

But the Brazilian superstar will spend his 40th birthday in a Paraguayan prison today with the biggest challenge of his life threatening to shackle him to a six-month jail sentence.


The former PSG, Barcelona and Milan playmaker won the 2005 Ballon D’Or, the 2002 World Cup – after beating David Seaman with a famous free-kick – and the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal.

He is arguably among the three best Brazilian players to follow Pele along with Ronaldo and Neymar. But Ronaldinho was the undisputed best at Samba-style partying.

His lawyer Adolfo Marín claimed: “He could have entered Paraguay with his Brazilian papers. He thought he had received special Paraguayan documents. He didn’t know he was committing a crime, because he didn’t understand he’d been given false documents. He’s stupid.”


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West Brom player, Ajayi calls Ronaldinho his hero.


The 26-year-old Nigeria international has revealed his admiration for the former Brazil and Barca star

West Bromwich Albion centre-back Semi Ajayi has described Barcelona legend Ronaldinho as his hero.


The 39-year-old Brazilian is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation and famous for his dazzling skills and ability score and create goals.

Ronaldinho featured for a number of clubs in Europe, including Barca, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and won the Ballon d’Or award before his retirement in January 2018.


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Ajayi, who has been delivering solid defensive performances for West Brom this season, has revealed his admiration for the versatile but mercurial midfielder.


“Ronaldinho? Yes, there was nobody like him at the time. He did things no other player was trying; definitely my first football hero,” Ajayi told his club website.

Emulating his hero, the Super Eagles star has shown his versatility, playing in centre-defence, full-back and midfield roles.


The former Rotherham United man, however, revealed his preferred position is centre-back, where he has flourished for the Baggies this campaign.

“I feel most comfortable at centre-half. Always have done,” he continued.


“I’m more than happy to step into midfield if asked but I’ve never thought of myself as a midfield player.”

Ajayi has featured in all but two of the Baggies’ Championship games this season to help them to their current second spot on the table, only one point behind Leeds United.

The defender will hope to continue his eye-catching performances when the league resumes, having been suspended along with major competitions across the world due to coronavirus fears.


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Ronaldinho loses appeal for release – Messi to help him with £3.25m.


Lionel Messi will fork out £3.25million to help Ronaldinho get out of prison, according to reports.

The Brazilian World Cup winner, 39, was arrested just over a week ago after allegedly entering Paraguay with a fake passport.

Ronaldinho has been warned that he could face up to six months in jail for using the alleged dodgy documents.

But NobleSport learnt that Messi plans to help his old Barcelona team-mate by hiring four top lawyers to take on his case.

It is reported that it will cost the Argentine ace up to £3.25million in legal fees.

Brazil legend Ronaldinho has lost a new appeal against his remand in prison.

The former Barcelona and AC Millan star was told late on Friday his fresh bid to be allowed out of jail and placed under house arrest had been rejected.

Lionel Messi is hoping to help his former team-mate get out of the jail

Paraguay’s Appeal Court said the former footballer posed a “medium to high” flight risk if his prison situation was modified.

His brother Roberto, who is being held in the same cell in a jail on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, also had his appeal rejected.

The decision makes it more likely the pair will have to sit out the next six months behind bars.

Ronaldinho’s lawyers were offering a property bond as their get-out-of-jail card.

More than a dozen other people have now been placed under formal investigation over the passport scandal Ronaldinho and his brother have been caught up in.

The list includes the Brazilian businessman alleged to have handed them their passports and two women believed to be the rightful owners of the travel documents.

Police were first called to Ronaldinho’s luxury hotel two days before his March 6 arrest after a tip-off he had entered the country hours earlier to attend a charity launch and present his new book with a Paraguayan passport which stated he was a naturalised citizen.

Prosecutors have said the passport was requested by a woman before its contents were doctored to include Ronaldinho’s photo and full name – Ronaldo de Assis Moreira. His brother had a similar passport.

The former footballer was initially offered the chance of an escape from trial and a fine before a U-turn by prosecutors led to him being arrested in dramatic fashion last Friday at the Sheraton Hotel and hauled to court in handcuffs the following day.

An expert in financial crimes has now been drafted into the remodelled prosecution team leading the investigation after its scope was widened to look at possible money laundering.

Ronaldinho and his brother are claiming they were tricked.

His Paraguayan lawyer Adolfo Marin has said the former footballer had been given his Paraguayan passport as a “gift”.

He allegedly assumed it was an “honorary-type” document of no real value, and gave it to an official without thinking when he reached Paraguay because it was the “first thing he got out of his bag.”

Last weekend the lawyer branded Ronaldinho “stupid”, saying he hadn’t understand he had been given false documents to enter Paraguay.

Ronaldinho’s life has been under the microscope for all the wrong reasons since he won two Fifa World Player of the Year Awards as well as a Ballon d’Or at the peak of his playing career.

He officially retired from football in 2018 – which is the same year he was forced to deny bigamy claims.

He had his Brazilian passport confiscated after he was convicted alongside his brother of building an illegal fishing platform on a lake in a conservation area.

But Paraguayan prosecutors confirmed last week they had discovered it had been returned to him and he used it to leave Brazil on a flight from Sao Paulo.

The revelation has left a huge question mark over why Ronaldinho did not use the same passport when he entered Paraguay, with his lawyer’s comments about it being the “first thing” he laid his hands on being greeted with a mixture of derision and disbelief.

Last year it was reported the ex-Paris Saint-Germain only had £5 in his bank account.

Police raided Ronaldinho’s family home to seize assets in a bid to guarantee he paid fines due over the illegal fishing platform.

Officers were said last November to have seized three luxury cars and a piece of art from painter Andre Berardo


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Ronaldinho allowed to play in paraguayan prison but must not score. {Details}


Former Barcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho will be allowed to participate in a prison football tournament organised by inmates only if he does not score.

Ronaldinho was arrested in Paraguay last week after he and his brother were found to be using fake Paraguayan passports.


The reason the Brazilian was travelling to Paraguay was to attend the launch of his new book ‘Genius of Life’.

Having been caught, the former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain player faced trial in the South American nation and was denied bail and must remain in a Paraguayan prison while the investigation continues.


NobleSport learnt that Ronaldinho could fill his time in prison by playing football in a tournament set-up by the inmates.

According to Paraguayan media outlet Hoy, the Brazilian was told he could play in the tournament on one condition: he wasn’t allowed to score goals.

During his program on a channel, journalist Iván Leguizamón reported that several of the team captains tried to “sign” the 39-year-old for their respective teams. It is claimed, however, that Ronaldinho was unwilling to participate in the tournament following his set-back of remaining in the facility for longer than anticipated.

The tournament itself is said to involve 15 teams, competing indoors in a five-a-side format. According to the report, the tournament is encouraged by officials as it is seen as a stimulating form of recreational activity, as well as exercise, for the inmates.


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Legendary footballer, Ronaldinho handcuffed to courthouse in Paraguay. {Reasons}.


Former soccer star Ronaldinho and his brother were taken in handcuffs to a courthouse in Paraguay on Saturday following their arrest for allegedly entering the country with falsified documents.

Prosecutors are seeking to extend the detention of 39-year-old Ronaldinho and brother Roberto Assis, while defense lawyer Sérgio Queiroz says they should be freed because they are not a threat or flight risk.

The Brazilian brothers were arrested Friday night in a hotel in Asunción, Paraguay’s capital, and accused of using false Paraguayan ID documents.
Queiroz had said Ronaldinho, the 2002 World Cup winner and former Barcelona star, was preparing to take a flight back to Rio de Janeiro, where he lives, shortly before the arrests.

Ronaldinho and Assis had said they went to Asunción for business reasons.

The former footballer and his brother said the documents were offered as a gift by a Brazilian businessman, Wilmondes Sousa Liria, who has been jailed.

Ronaldinho’s passport was seized in November 2018 because of a lawsuit over alleged environmental crimes. Authorities said the former Barcelona star did not have the necessary environmental license to build a fishing platform on the shores of the Guaiba river in his hometown of Porto Alegre. With unpaid damages of $2.1 million, Ronaldinho’s passport was seized, along with that of his brother, to prevent him from traveling.

In September of last year, however, the star reached a deal with prosecutors and got his documents back. It was not immediately clear why he and his brother did not use their Brazilian documents for the trip to Paraguay.

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