July 2, 2020

Ronaldinho to celebrates 40th birthday in prison

March 20, 2020
Handcuffed Ronaldinho (middle with his brother Roberto appear in Paraguayan Court

Brazilian soccer legend, Ronaldinho faces six months behind bars after his hopes of release from a fake passport rap were dashed on Friday

The party-loving former Barcelona and AC Milan superstar, famed for his lavish birthday bashes, left a court hearing in handcuffs.

He and his 49-year-old brother Roberto deny entering Paraguay with doctored passports.

His defence was dealt a blow when a businesswoman who fixed his book launch trip to the South American country failed to show up in court.

It means Ronaldinho faces spending his 40th birthday tomorrow in a jail threatened by coronavirus.

His appeal against a judge’s decision to swap his jail remand for house arrest was knocked back last week and he was warned he could faced six months inside.

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Ronaldinho, a star of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning side and one of the greatest ever footballers, is being held in a jail in the outskirts of Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

His birthday will be a far cry from others including his 26th when he partied until 6am at a Barcelona nightclub.

His 32nd, which lasted five days and cost tens of thousands of pounds, took place at a luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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