Brazil legend Ronaldinho released from prison


2005 Ballon D’or winner, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira is popularly known as Ronaldinho, has been released from house arrest in Paraguay after five months.

Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto de Assis were apprehended for possessing a forged passport. After spending one month in prison, Ronaldinho and his brother were sent into a four months house arrest in Paraguay. They spent five months in total in prison and a hotel and have now been freed to go home.

The release of 40-year-old Gaucho and his brother was also slapped with a fine of $200,000 (£153,000) as damages between them.

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Ronaldinho is one of the greatest footballers of all time and his football career ended in 2015. He featured for the likes of Gremio, Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro, and Fluminense. Gaucho played for Brazil from the Under-17 side to the senior team.

He made 97 appearances for the Brazil senior team and scored 33 goals. Ronaldinho was an integral member of Brazil squad that won the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, in his all-time football career, he made 719 club appearances scoring 280 goals. He has been initiated into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame. AC Milan has also placed him in their Hall of Fame.

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Ronaldinho released from prison

Ronaldo de Assis was traveling to Paraguay to campaign for underprivileged children as his 40th birthday was imminent. Unfortunately for him, he spent his 40th birthday in the prison. Also, he was to encouraged the youth to get tested for their HIV status.

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The prosecutors in the case confirmed the innocence of Ronaldinho in getting the fake passports, but they believed his brother knew they were fake. They were released on Monday, August 24, 2020.


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