Brazil Legend Ronaldinho Has Transformed His Life Since Leaving Prison Four Months Ago
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Legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho has remarkably turned his life around after a torrid experience in 2020.
The 40-year-old was arrested in Paraguay last year alongside his older brother, Roberto de Assis Moreira, for using a fake passport to enter the country illegally to attend a charity event and book promotion.
Ronaldinho was held in custody with Roberto and would spend time in prison, which included the 2002 World Cup winner taking part in a futsal tournament behind bars.
The former Barcelona star and his brother were released from Paraguayan prison in August after they agreed a plea deal.
Ronaldinho and Roberto were forced to pay fines of $90,000 and $110,000 respectively, according to reports.
The ex-Brazil international's woes were also evident when reports emerged that he had only £5 to his name at the time and was "close to bankruptcy."
However, Ronaldinho seems to have transformed his life since prison and is in a far better position.
Spanish newspaper Diario AS, citing a report in the Brazilian edition of El Pais, has claimed that the Ballon d'Or winner has earned over five million Brazilian reais (£702,407) since leaving prison four months ago.
Ronaldinho's fortunes have continued as he helped promote Atletico Mineiro's stadium and was also named an honorary citizen of Belo Horizonte.
With his new status in Belo Horizonte, Ronaldinho has opened a studio and even ventured into music as he recorded a music video with rapper Djonga and Recayd Mob.
Adding to his entry into music include Ronaldinho launching his own brand of gin, R-ONE, which follows on from his first wine brand, Vino de Campeones.
Ronaldinho has worked in an advertising campaign for the travel application Buser, while the Brazilian has been 'the face' of Betcris and been tied with the betting company since 2019.
Gazeta Sporturilor reports that the former Milan star has also been 'featured heavily' in the FIFA series and Pro Evolution Soccer franchise.
Ronaldinho has even created his own team, 'R10 Team,' which is featured in EA Sports' FIFA 21.
The 1999 Copa America winner has met with Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro since his release from prison, along with remaining Brazilian tourism ambassador.
Ronaldinho will also hit another high point in 2021 as his illustrious playing career will be the centre of a film, with the Brazilian described as "the happiest man in the world."
He wrote when the film's trailer was released: "A difficult stage is coming to an end, thank God. I have no words to thank you for all the care and support that I have received in recent months."