Brazil football legend and World Cup winner Ronaldinho and his brother have been arrested in Paraguay after allegedly producing fake passport to enter the country. He has been ordered to remain in police custody after a judge ruled him a flight risk.Also Read - From 30-Minutes Halves to Temporary Yellow Card Suspension: Five New Potential Rules Set to Revolutionize The Game of Football
The row unfolded on Wednesday when Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were arrested after landing in Asuncion on charges of entering Paraguay with fake documents. They had filed a petition to be released but the judge Clara Ruiz Diaz deemed the offence as “serious one against the interests of the Paraguayan state.” Also Read - Striker Olivier Giroud Moves From Chelsea to AC Milan
The brothers were reportedly invited to the country by a local casino owner. They had arrived on Wednesday to take part in a football clinic for children and for a book launch. Also Read - Lionel Messi Agrees to Sign New Five-Year Deal With Barcelona With Massive Pay-Cut: Reports
Their lawyer claim false documents were handed over to them after landing in the capital on Wednesday saying the brothers have been tricked.
“I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies”, Paraguay’s Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo was quoted as saying in Paraguayan media following the arrests.
Ronaldinho, a global football icon, won the world cup with Brazil in 2002. He went on to play for several clubs including the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan, Pairs Saint Germain.
The 39-year-old Brazilian was named FIFA world player of the year in 2004 and 2005.
He won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 with his last professional appearance coming back in 2015.