Brazil Legend Ronaldinho Shares Amazing Tale About His Time in Prison

Brazil Legend Ronaldinho Shares Amazing Tale About His Time in Prison

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 15, 2023 at 5:21 PM
  • Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has shed new light on his ordeal behind bars
  • The former Barcelona icon is widely accepted as one of the best footballers
  • He lit up pitches for numerous mega football clubs and even while in prison

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, affectionately called Ronaldinho, has opened up on his time in prison.

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year was detained in a facility in Paraguay in 2020 for the alleged use of a fake passport.

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Barcelona, Brazil, legend, Ronaldinho, prison, jail
Former Barcelona and Brazil star, Ronaldinho spent 32 days in a Paraguayan prison in 2020. Photo credit: @BBCSport
Source: Twitter

Easily one of the most instantly recognisable faces in football, Ronaldinho experienced one of the lowest moments in his life after he was arrested.

Why was Ronaldinho imprisoned?

In 2020, Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested in Paraguay after entering the country with forged passports, per Givemesport.

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He spent 32 days inside before being released on bail. He was later ordered to serve house arrest, spending four months in a luxury hotel in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion while an investigation was carried out.

The Brazil legend even had to unceremoniously celebrate his 40th birthday behind bars, though reports came out that he celebrated it with a barbecue and cake.

Ronaldinho on his prison life

The 42-year-old retired footballer has since lifted the lid on his 32-day ordeal behind bars.

“I thought they were going to beat me up and do all the terrible stuff they usually do in jail," he said, as quoted by Frank Khalid.
"But instead, they called the guards to bring a football so I can do some tricks and entertain them."

The next morning, he added, they were taken outside to play a five-a-side match.

"Guards and some prison officials came out to watch the match with cameras on, and everybody had a great day. Safe to say my time there was good.”

Ronaldinho thrills fans in Guinea

Football fans in Guinea were thrilled by the magical feet of Brazil legend, Ronaldinho, following his visit to the West African country.

The former Barcelona star had been in Conakry for a charity event to raise funds for the Grassroot African Youth Cup tournament.

Ronaldinho met high-profile personalities in Guinea, including former player, Pascal Feidouno and diminutive musician, Grande P.

Ronaldinho's son joins Barcelona

Sports Brief also reported on the son of Brazil's legendary Ronaldinho, Joao Mendes de Asis Moreira, joining his father's former club.

The yount talent inked a deal to join the Barcelona under-19 team as he began his career outside his South American homeland.

Before moving to Spain to join the Catalan giants after being scouted, 17-year-old Mendes played for the Brazilian outfit, Cruzeiro.

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