Ronaldinho Loved By Paraguayan Prison Inmates And Is Teaching Them Football Tricks
Ronaldinho is loved by his fellow prison inmates and the World Cup winner is teaching them football tricks.
The Brazilian legend has become a hugely popular figure as he serves time in a Paraguay prison for using false documents in the form of a fake passport.
The 39-year-old is said to be "sad" about the situation, but his inmates are reportedly loving his company in jail.
Ronaldinho chilling signing autographs and drinking alcohol in a Paraguayan prison. :beer::pen_fountain:- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 11, 2020
Still have no idea how one of the most famous men in Brazil thought he could get into Paraguay with a fake Paraguayan passport. :flag_br::flag_py: pic.twitter.com/QqfnXBYC8m
According to reports, the prisoners in the maximum-security facility are enjoying having him around and the former Barcelona superstar is even teaching them new skills and tricks.
"He can't play any instruments inside, but I am sure that in his head he will keep on coming up with melodies for compositions when he's out," a source told ESPN.
"He plays football every day and teaches the guys he plays with a few tricks. From the very first moment he wanted to make sure he integrated with the other inmates and he quickly managed to do that.
"He's an idol for many of them and they have asked for him to sign hats, shirts and trainers."
Quiero dar una fuerza tremenda a este genio q marco historia en el fútbol mundial y decir q hay paraguayos que lo apoyamos con todo !!! pic.twitter.com/klSqovodVZ- nelson cuevas (@pipinocuevas23) March 14, 2020
Former River Plate striker Nelson Cuevas visited Ronaldinho and revealed that he's currently not acting like his usual self.
"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."
Ronaldinho is currently jailed alongside brother Roberto de Assis and the duo are located in a specialised unit.
Paraguayan Minister of Interior Euclides Acevedo has likened the experience to a hotel rather than a prison
Cuevas did agree that the former Ballon d'Or winner is having a relatively comfortable time relative 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."
Ronaldinho faces up to six months behind bars following his arrest two weeks ago.