Ronaldinho breaks silence on his spell in jail

Ronaldinho breaks silence on his spell in jail

The ex Brazilian international Ronaldinho has decided to open up on his life in prison in the first speech with media since his release. 

One of the football greats was arrested along with his brother Roberto Assis on March 6 after an illegal try to enter Paraguay. Illegal because both of them had fake documents. Brothers were held in jail for one month before being released on April 7 following the paid bail of 1.6m dollars. 

The football 'Houdini' is still very popular around the globe despite playing his last professional match in 2015. The reason for visiting the neighbour country is the promotion of his new book and invitation by a local casino owner.  The book that Ronaldinho was trying to promote can be bought via Amazon.

Now, Ronaldinho and his brother, who is also his business manager, are obliged to stay in the capital city Asuncion before the authorities resolve Brasilians problems. Former PSG, Barcelona, and Milan forward said he was shocked to find the passports delivered to his house were fake and unauthorized. 

"We were totally surprised to find out the documents were not legal," he explained in an interview with local newspaper ABC Color.

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"Our intention ever since has been to collaborate with judicial authorities to clear up the facts and we have been doing that since the beginning. From then until today we have explained everything and done everything officials have asked of us."

"It was a real blow, I never imagined that I would go through something like this," he said. "All my life I have tried to be as professional as possible and bring joy to people with my football."

The former player was pictured with the prisoners while playing football, boosting the morale inside the object with his presence. 

"Everyone I had the opportunity to get to know in prison welcomed me: the part of my life that was playing football, signing autographs, taking photos, there was no reason not to keep doing that, especially with people who were going through a difficult time like myself.

"We hope that (the Paraguayan justice system) can use and confirm all that we have given them about our position and that we can get out of this situation as soon as possible." 

Finally, the lawyer that represents brothers said their detention is 'arbitrary, illegal and abusive'.


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