‘Sixty long days!’ Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho opens up on house arrest in luxury Paraguayan hotel after allegedly using a fake passport to enter South American country

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho has spoken of ‘sixty long days’ as he remains under house arrest while awaiting trial over forged documentation.

The 40-year-old spent 32 days in prison in Paraguay after he was arrested for allegedly trying to enter the country on a fake passport.

Since his release from jail in April, Ronaldinho has stayed at a hotel in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion with his brother, Roberto, who was also charged with the same crime.  

The former Brazil international, who had faced up to six months in prison before he reportedly paid a £1.3million bond, said he is ‘very calm’ and is doing ‘anything to pass time in the most pleasant way possible’.

He told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo: ‘It has been sixty long days.

‘People in their homes must imagine what it must be like not being to do what you are used to.

‘I think that is something will remain forever to all us after living this complicated experience.’

Ronaldinho is staying in the four-star Hotel Palmaroga, which is one of a number of hotels owned by Barcelona. Along with the club, he thanked those who have stuck by him over the last couple of months.

‘Definitely, Barcelona and I are united forever. It will always be my second city,’ he added.

‘It is the most incredible club and the fans live deep in my heart. I thank you with all my heart.’


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