Ronaldinho has maintained his innocence since his arrest in Paraguay

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Retrieved 27 April 2020, 18:24 IST

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The great Ronaldinho of Brazil and Barcelona has maintained his innocence after being arrested for entering Paraguay with a fake passport, much to the surprise that the illegality of the document was upheld.

Ronaldinho and Roberto Assis, the former footballer’s brother and agent, were arrested in March shortly after arriving in Asuncion to promote a book and launch an online casino.

The former Ballon d’Or winner and his siblings have been jailed, despite offers of different approvals from seniors, but the pair were tricked into believing the local authorities had a Paraguayan ID card, which shared a picture.

The couple protested their innocence but spent 32 days in jail before being released and were placed under house arrest in a hotel on April 7.

While the investigation was ongoing, Ronaldinho gave the first interview since his arrest, insisting he had no idea the ID card was fake.

“We were shocked to learn that the documents were not legal,” Ronaldinho told the Paraguayan TV station ABC.

“Since then, our purpose has been to cooperate with justice to clarify this fact, as we have done from the beginning. From that moment until today, we have explained everything and justice has made everything easy for us.”

“It was a hard blow, I could never have imagined that I would go through such a situation. All my life I have tried to reach the highest professional level and make people happy with my football.

“We hope that in case they can use and ensure everything we are given as soon as possible and we can leave this situation.

“Everything we do is under agreements with my brother, who is my director. In this case, we came to participate in the launch of an online casino as described in the agreement, and the company that came to Brazil to launch the crack book has the right to exploit the book in Paraguay.” Da Vida was organized with. “

Former Barাa, Paris Saint-Germain and Milan forward Ronaldinho won nine caps for Brazil between 1999 and 2013.

He scored 33 runs and was a key part of the 2002 World Cup winning squad.