Former Barcelona and AC Milan star was detained in the South American country after claims of fake passports.
The 39-year-old Brazilian icon who won the 2002 World cup has been detained in the Resort Yatch & Golf Club Paraguayo along with his brother on Wednesday night. This was confirmed by the Paraguay ministry of interior.
According to media outlets in Paraguay, the passports found in the hotel room where Ronadinho stayed, were bearing the names of Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto with Paraguayan Nationality.
Ronadinho and his brother were detained in the hotel suite overnight, with paraguayan authorities due to issue an official statement on Thursday morning.
Ronaldinho was invited to Paraguay by casino owner Nelson Belotti and was expected to hold several publicity events, with the media invited to witness his interaction with fans and dignitaries.
The Brazilian legend is currently without a Brazilian passport due to an environmental fine he received in 2018.
He was convicted of illegal building a fishing trap at Lake Guaiba in 2015 without proper government licensing in a permanent preservation area.
Ronaldinho and his brother were then handed an $8.5 million fine in November 2018, but he was unable to pay up and was banned by the Brazil supreme court of justice from leaving the country.
Despite the ban, he was appointed as Brazil’s new ambassador for tourism in September last 2019.
Ronaldinho enjoyed a distinguished football career, playing for top clubs in South America and in Europe. He won the UEFA Champions League, LaLiga, Seria A and the Copa Libertadores.
Ronaldinho also secured some individual accolades including the 2005 Ballon d’or and the FIFA World Player of the year Award in 2004 and 2005.