Football Legend Ronaldinho Arrested For Fake Passport Travel
Brazil football legend, Ronaldinho, 39, has been arrested in Paraguay for allegedly entering the South American country with a fake passport.
Ronaldinho who won the FIFA World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and was twice crowned world footballer of the year, arrived in Paraguay on Wednesday for a charity event.
Officials went to his hotel, near the capital city Asuncion, where a search is said to have found the documents in question.
ESPN reports the 39-year-old and his brother were allowed to stay at the hotel but remain under investigation and must report to the prosecutor’s office on Thursday.
“I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies,” minister Euclides Acevedo told local media.
In 2015, Ronaldinho and his brother were convicted for constructing an illegal fishing trap at a reserved lake area without proper licensing and had their Brazilian passports confiscated in 2018 along with a fine of $8.5 million.
The 2002 World Cup winner, who retired from football in 2018 is currently without a Brazilian passport.
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