Ronaldinho pictured in Paraguay jail but still smiling amid fake passport fiasco

Ronaldinho was all smiles after a picture of him emerged in a Paraguay prison.

It follows a shocking turn of events that have seen the Brazil football legend apprehended for holding a fake passport.

The 39-year-old and his brother, Roberto, were arrested at the Sheraton Hotel in the country's capital Asuncion on Friday.

They have been told they face up to six months in prison.

The ex- Barcelona star's team of lawyers have made an appeal that saw him taken to the National Police headquarters in Asuncion.

But Ronaldinho does not look too concerned with his situation, equipped with a pair of sliders and his unmistakable smile in jail.

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However, not everyone was happy as his lawyer, Adolfo Marin, branded the Samba star 'stupid'.

He said: “The courts have not taken into account the fact that Ronaldinho didn’t know he was committing a crime.

"Because he didn’t understand he had been given false documents. He is stupid.”

The situation has caused something of a furore in South America, with Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro allegedly on the verge of getting involved.

It started last week when a tip-off led police to his luxury hotel on Wednesday.

Ronaldinho had entered the country as part of a charity event and launch his new book.

However, his passport read that he was a naturalised citizen of Paraguay – as was the one his brother possessed.

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It has led to the footballing icon being locked up for at least three days.

A prosecutor specialising in financial crimes has been incorporated into the team of investigators after the scope of the criminal probe was widened to look at possible money laundering.

The footballer and his brother are claiming they were tricked. Ronaldinho’s lawyer has said Ronaldinho had been given his Paraguayan passport as a “gift”, assumed it was an ‘honorary-type’ document of no real value, and gave it to an official without thinking when he reached Paraguay because it was the “first thing he got out of his bag.”

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