Ronaldinho detained in Paraguay over false documents claim

Ronaldinho detained in Paraguay over false documents claim

Retired footballer Ronaldinho has been arrested in Paraguay after authorities said he entered the country with falsified documents.

The 39-year-old Brazilian and his brother, Roberto Assis, were taken to a police station in Asuncion shortly before 10pm on Friday, Paraguay's prosecutors office said in a statement.

Ronaldinho's lawyer Sergio Queiroz confirmed the arrest and said his legal team in Paraguay has filed an injunction to release the former Barcelona player and his brother.

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El ex astro brasileño de fútbol Ronaldinho camina esposado a una audiencia judicial en Asunción, Paraguay, el sábado, 27 de marzo del 2020. (AP Foto/Jorge Saenz)
El retirado futbolista brasileño Ronaldinho es escoltado por la policía para comparecer ante el juez Mirko Valinotti en el Palacio de Justicia de Asunción, Paraguay, el viernes 6 de marzo de 2020. (AP Foto/Jorge Sáenz)
Former soccer star Ronaldinho is escorted by police to go before Judge Mirko Valinotti at the Justice Palace court in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, March 6, 2020. Ronaldinho has been detained by Paraguayan police for allegedly entering the country with a falsified passport. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Football Star Ronaldo de Assis Moreira "Ronaldinho" celebrating during a exhibition match 'Legends Game' at Andres Quintana Roo Stadium on December 12, 2019 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Eyepix/Sipa USA)
Lisbon, 11/05/2019 - The Web Summit 2019 will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon from 4 to 7 November. Ronaldinho Ga�cho (Filipe Amorim / Global Images/Sipa USA)
Ronaldinho arrive for the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Ronaldinho Gaucho during the last match to be played by Atletico de Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, May 28, 2017. Spain.. (Photo by Rodrigo Jimenez) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Former Brazil international Ronaldinho before the FIFA World Cup 2018 final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, 15th July 2018
World Legend's Ronaldinho during friendly match to farewell to Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, May 28, 2017. Spain. (Photo by BorjaB.Hojas/Alter Photos) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Rest of the World's Ronaldinho and England's Louis Tomlinson (right) battle for the ball during Soccer Aid 2016 at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Rest of the World coach Claudio Ranieri (right) and Ronaldinho on the pitch before Soccer Aid 2016 at Old Trafford, Manchester.
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Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho (left) and England's Steven Gerrard (centre) battle for the ball
England goalkeeper Joe Hart denies Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho (right) for a second time after saving his initial penalty
Brazil's Ronaldinho during the training session at The Hive, London.
Brazil's Ronaldinho during a press conference at Wembley Stadium, London.
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Ronaldinho, AC Milan
Ronaldinho, AC Milan
AC Milan's David Beckham (l) and Gaucho Ronaldinho warm up before the game at Ibrox
AC Milan's Ronaldinho during a training session at Fratton Park, Portsmouth.
AC Milan's Ronaldinho during a training session at Fratton Park, Portsmouth.
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Gaucho Ronaldinho, Barcelona
Gaucho Ronaldinho, Barcelona
Gaucho Ronaldinho, Barcelona
Barcelona's Ronaldinho (right) with Lionel Messi during a training session at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona's Ronaldinho (left) and Thierry Henry during the UEFA Champions League Group E match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.
Barcelona's Ronaldinho struggles against the Olympique Lyonnais defence of Sebastien Squillaci
Barcelona's Ronaldinho scores from the penalty spot during the Friendly match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.
Brazil's Ronaldinho holds the ball away from England's David Beckham, during a friendly International at Wembley Stadium.
Ronaldinho celebrates after scoting for Brazil during the World Cup quarter-final match between Brazil and England at the Ecopa stadium, Shizuoka, Japan. * 6/7/03: Manchester United look set to miss out on transfer target Ronaldinho as Real Madrid are close to securing the Brazilian s services. Real have already signed England captain David Beckham from United and snatched the Old Trafford club s assistant manager, Carlos Queiroz, to be their boss. Ronaldinho is likely to join them at the Bernabeu according to Francis Graille, president of his current club Paris St Germain.
England's Michael Owen (r) goes past Brazil's Ronaldinho
Brazil's Ronaldinho looks amazed after being sent off by Referee Felipe Rizo Ramos
England's David Seaman can only watch as he is beaten by Brazil's Ronaldinho for their winning goal from a free-kick.
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Ronaldinho and Mr Assis testified for six hours earlier about the false Paraguayan documents found in their possession on Wednesday.

The Brazilians said they had come to Asuncion for business reasons.

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