Former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho Gaucho, has been released from a Paraguayan prison after spending just 32 days over forged documentation.
Ronaldinho, age-40 is set to be put on house arrest at a hotel in the country’s capital of Asuncion after reportedly paying a £1.3m bond.
It should be noted that both he and his brother Roberto were charged with attempting to enter the country with fake passports last month, and were sentenced to face six months jail term.
According to reports, the judge Gustavo Amarilla has permitted them both to stay at a hotel for the main time, with the case still being decided and the player’s lawyers attempting to file a appeal countering the decision to jail him.
The fact that he was a high profile player,is the main excuse for him to be spared from facing prison according to aruguments.
His legal team are saying his detention was ‘arbitrary, abusive and illegal’.
Ronaldinho, who last played for Brazilian outfit Fluminense in 2015, was arrested along with Roberto on March 6, but denied using a forged passport, with the former World Cup winner insisting he didn’t know he had committed an offence.
His lawyer Adolfo Marin said the former player had been ‘stupid’ and criticised the courts for not taking into account his mistake.
“The courts have not taken into account the fact that Ronaldinho didn’t know he was committing a crime, because he didn’t understand he had been given false documents. He is stupid.”
Despite his fall from fame, Ronaldinho has been making the most of his time behind bars and was seen taking part in a game of foot volleyball with his fellow inmates on the prison grounds.
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