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Ronaldinho held by police in Paraguay over ‘fake passport’

Ronaldinho held by police in Paraguay over ‘fake passport’
March 05
13:36 2020

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, former Brazilian professional footballer better known as Ronaldinho, is being held by police in Paraguay for allegedly using a fake passport to enter the country.

It was gathered that the former AC Milan and Barcelona forward was in Asunción, capital city of Paraguay, for a charity event when police visited his hotel suite, where they found the alleged fake documents.

Ronaldinho, as well as Roberto, his brother, were not taken to the station but kept under custody and are obliged to go to the prosecutor’s office on Thursday.

“(Ronaldinho and his brother) are not being detained, they are still under judicial investigation and they have to testify,” Euclides Acevedo, Paraguay’s interior minister, told ESPN Brasil.

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“Then it will be decided whether they will be arrested or not.”

The minister added that the two were cooperating in the investigation and believe they were tricked by a man who was accompanying them, who was arrested.

The duo had their Brazilian passports withdrawn in November 2018 after failing to pay a fine for environmental damage incurred during the building of property in Rio Grande do Sul, in the southern part of Brazil.

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The 39-year-old football star, who was crowned FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, played 97 matches for the Brazilian national team, scoring 33 goals and representing his country in two FIFA World Cups.

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