Ronaldinho Set To Play In Prison Futsal Tournament, Won't Be Allowed To Score
Legendary footballer Ronaldinho is set to be allowed to participate in a prison futsal tournament, though he will not be able to score a goal.
On Thursday, the 2005 Ballon d'Or winner was arrested in Paraguay for allegedly trying to enter the country using a fake passport along with his brother and agent Roberto de Assis Moreira.
Both Ronaldinho and his brother are sharing a cell in Agrupación Especializada of the National Police of Paraguay. It just so happens that days after one of the world's greatest footballers entered the facility, the prison are staging a futsal tournament.
At first the word was that Ronaldinho would be invited to watch although not involved, yet now ABC TV journalist Iván Leguizamón is reporting that the Brazilian is in fact able to play and already many of the team's captains have been trying to sign him up.
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Los equipos en los que jugó Ronaldinho son: Grêmio, PSG, Barcelona, Milan, Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro, Querétaro y Fluminense.- Iván Leguizamón (@ivanciclon) March 10, 2020
Los equipos en los que podría jugar el torneo de presos son:
Villa Real, Pirá Guasú, Halcones, Chacarita, Sport Espada, Sport Pitufo y Negro Cumbiero. https://t.co/L2HmMOno1u
However, with one of the most gifted players in the history of the game potentially taking part, it's said that inmates have stipulated he is not able to score in order to make it fair.
Extra say that the 5v5 competition normally takes place every six months in Agrupacion Especializada of the National Police of Paraguay and was planned prior to Ronaldinho's arrival.
Typically there are 194 inmates involved (no police officers because it's not Mean Machine) and split into ten different teams.
The 39-year old has looked remarkably relaxed and at ease behind bars, signing shirts and even drinking alcohol with fellow inmates.
Imagine the scenes if is does turn out in the tournament. Nutmegs and no-look passes galore.