Ronaldinho Released From Paraguayan Jail After 32 Days
Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho has been released from prison and placed under house arrest following his fake passport incident.
The 40-year-old was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to enter Paraguay with fake documentation alongside his brother.
But the former Ballon d'Or winner has now been released from the Paraguayan jail he was serving his sentence in and will now serve it within the boundaries of a hotel.
The release comes after his lawyers paid $1.6 million in bail, $800,000 for him and his brother respectively.
The duo will be housed at Hotel Palma Roga in Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay.
The former Barcelona star was originally meant to serve six months in the prison but his relocation has come 32 days into his initial sentence.
#BREAKING Paraguay court releases retired Brazilian football star Ronaldinho into house arrest in Asuncion hotel pic.twitter.com/H5hEFsxZtP
- AFP news agency (@AFP) April 7, 2020
Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested on March 6 after attempting to enter the country with the forged documentation.
He was invited to the country by a casino owner to take part in football training with children as well as a book launch.
Passports were also reportedly found in their hotel room which had the duo's personal information listed with their nationality as Paraguayan.
His time in jail was covered heavily by the media but a close friend described his experience behind bars as 'sad'.
¡Qué dupla! Pipino Cuevas fue a visitar a Ronaldinho a la cárcel, se sacaron una selfie y compartió este mensaje en las redes sociales. pic.twitter.com/AQr4rDaxnR- SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) March 14, 2020
Cuevas told Argentinian publication Infobae about his recent visit: "He is sad. Hopefully, he can get out soon.
"He is just sad because of the situation. His lawyers are handling the rest. I hope he can get out of there soon."
Despite the struggles Ronaldinho had during his stay, Cuevas did admit his time in jail was rather plush in comparison to other inmates.
"In comparison to other penitentiaries, yes," the former Paraguay international explained.
"But it's not what he's used to. The place is big and he was able to play football too. He is with his brother in a room with two beds."
Images circulated showing Ronaldinho enjoying his 40th birthday while in jail, including luxuries such as a BBQ and cake.