Ronaldinho released from prison


Brazil football legend Ronaldinho has been freed from a Paraguayan jail after being held in custody for 32 days.
The former Barcelona player was caught and sent to jail on March 5 after allegedly entering the South American state with a fake passport.

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis claimed they had been tricked into using the fake documents.

The pair will now be under house arrest after their release from the maximum security prison in the capital Asuncion after paying a $1.6 million bail, according to Globoesporte.

It was earlier speculated the brothers could spend six months in jail, and they were deemed to be a flight risk by the court which was well aware that Brazil also does not extradite its citizens.

Ronaldinho had a lively time behind bars, including playing on the winning side of a five-a-side game after which his side were awarded a suckling pig for a 11-2 win, and celebrating turning 40 within the prison on March 21.

The plot surrounding Ronaldinho’s predicament thickened on Tuesday when authorities suspected the former Barcelona forward of being involved in a money laundering scam with Paraguayan businesswoman Dalia Lopez, who had arranged the siblings’ trip, Reuters reports.

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By Reuters 

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