Ronaldinho and his brother left prison in Paraguay on Tuesday. The Brazilians, who have been detained since the beginning of March for traveling with false documents, are allowed to serve their sentences in a hotel after paying a deposit of nearly 1.5 million euros.
Ronaldinho, 40, who celebrated his birthday in prison, and his brother are now staying in a hotel in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion. They are under house arrest and are monitored 24 hours a day. In the meantime, the investigation by the public prosecutor continues.
Ronaldinho and his brother were in Asuncion to promote a book and a clinic. According to local media, Ronaldinho left Brazil with a Brazilian passport and entered Paraguay with a forged Paraguayan document.
Initially, Ronaldinho and his brother would get rid of it with a fine. However, the judge did not want to approve the prosecutor’s proposal and decided to have the two arrested.
Ronaldinho may also have been guilty of money laundering
Ronaldinho may also have been guilty of money laundering. An investigation is also currently underway into businesswoman Dalia López, with whom Ronaldinho and his brother would also be in contact. Their phones have been confiscated.
Ronaldinho had problems with his passport in the past. For example, his Brazilian travel document was taken in 2018 due to a high tax debt. He got that paper back later.
The former striker was twice named World Footballer of the Year in the past. He especially caused a furore at FC Barcelona and also wore the shirt of AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.