AGENCIES, Asunción: Footballer Ronaldinho retired from football in 2018 after a career that included a World Cup triumph in 2002 and two FIFA World Player of the Year awards, but his travel document woes continue.
Ronaldinho, 39, and his brother Roberto de Assis, 49 who were in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay for a charity event were detained by local police at the presidential suite at the Resort Yacht and Golf Club, some 15km south of the capital
“(Ronaldinho and his brother) are not being detained, they are still under judicial investigation and they have to testify. Then it will be decided whether they will be arrested or not,” Paraguay’s interior minister Euclides Acevedo told media.
He further added that the pair believe that they were tricked by a man who was accompanying them, who has since been arrested and are cooperating in the investigation.
“Mr Ronaldinho has a false passport. That is a crime and that’s why his arrest has been ordered,” Paraguay’s interior minister Euclides Acevedo told local radio station AM 1080. “I respect his sports popularity, but the law needs to be respected no matter who you are.”
“We are also investigating the responsibility of the authorities who allowed them to enter the country with falsified documents,” Acevedo said.
Ronaldinho’s passport was confiscated by the Brazilian government in 2018, after he was fined $2.3 million for building illegal structures off the coast of Lake Guaiba, in southern Brazil.