Former Brazil and Barcelona player Ronaldinho Gaucho on Saturday helped his team come out on top in a tournament held within the Paraguayan maximum security prison.
The 39-year-old, who is currently serving time behind bars over accusations of using a fake passport to enter the South American country, scored five goals and assisted in six more helping lead his team to an 11-2 victory.
Several journalists and media outlets published photos and a video allegedly depicting the match that was played in the maximum-security facility that has around 195 detainees, including politicians and police officers accused of corruption as well as major drug traffickers.
According to a report by the Sun, Ronaldinho’s team won a 16-kilo suckling pig for a barbeque party that came as the main prize for winners.
@10Ronaldinho scored 5 in a 11-2 win for his prison side.
Ronaldinho picks up another trophy, arguably means more to him than the World Cup, the winning team also get a 16 kilo pig for the bbq.
Ronaldinho, who was last year named a tourist ambassador by Brazil’s far-right government, arrived in Paraguay on March 4th, invited to the landlocked South American nation by a local casino owner.
The former Barcelona forward and his brother and business manager Roberto Assis were arrested on March 6th after they were caught carrying the false Paraguayan documents.
Brazilians do not need a passport to enter Paraguay so it was unclear why Ronaldinho had the fake documents in his possession.
The brothers will remain in a maximum-security prison on the outskirts of Asuncion for as long as six months, or until the investigation is complete, according to judge Gustavo Amarilla.
“Ronaldinho’s freedom could lead to an obstruction (of justice) or an escape,” Amarilla told reporters. “His presence in the country is necessary.”
The brothers offered a $770,000 property as a guarantee but prosecutor Marcelo Pecchi argued they were a flight risk.
“The investigation is only beginning, we are looking into other conducts that may be related,” Pecchi told reporters.
“If these people leave right now they will not be able to be brought to face trial because Brazil does not extradite its own citizens.”
Ronaldinho chilling signing autographs and drinking alcohol in a Paraguayan prison. ????????
Still have no idea how one of the most famous men in Brazil thought he could get into Paraguay with a fake Paraguayan passport. ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/QqfnXBYC8m
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 11, 2020
Although he last played professionally in 2015, Ronaldinho, who also represented Brazilian clubs Atletico Mineiro, Flamengo and Fluminense, is still hugely popular with global football fans and advertisers.
He won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. He was also named FIFA world player of the year in 2004 and 2005.