Ronaldinho Gaucho: Brazil football legend arrested in Paraguay over fake passport claims

Ronaldinho Gaucho: Brazil football legend arrested in Paraguay over fake passport claims

- Ronaldinho Gaucho and his brother are currently being detained at a hotel in Paraguay

- The Brazilian is believed to be in possession of an altered passport

- He is currently without a Brazilian passport because of an environmental fine he received in 2018

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Brazil football legend Ronaldinho has been detained in Paraguay over alleged possession of an altered passport.

The 2002 World Cup winner arrived in Paraguay on Wednesday, March 4, for a charity event but was intercepted by officials in his hotel room.

Ronaldinho and his entourage were reportedly invited to Paraguay by popular figure Nelson Belotti.

He was expected to make several public appearances and interact with media and fans during his stay at the country.

Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho in police custody over fake passport claims

Ronaldinho Gaucho was in Paraguay with his brother for some charity events. Photo: Getty Images.
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According to reports from La Nacion, the 39-year old was detained at the Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo alongside his brother Roberto.

Authorities reportedly found their passports which bore their respective names but with Paraguayan nationality.

The brothers are set to stay at the hotel room as authorities prepare to issue a statement on Thursday.

Speaking on the incident, Paraguay's interior minister Euclides Acevedo attempted to quell any public tension as he insisted the pair were not under arrest but simply under investigation.

"[Ronaldinho and his brother] are not being detained, they are still under judicial investigation and they have to testify. Then it will be decided whether they will be arrested or not," Paraguay's interior minister Euclides Acevedo told ESPN Brazil.

He went on to add that the skilful Brazilian and his brother were fully cooperative with authorities.

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