Football legend Ronaldinho remains behind bars in a Paraguay prison, though extraordinary images have surfaced showing he is back to doing what he does best and playing football.
The former Ballon d’Or winner was reported to be taking part in a five-a-side prison tournament, in order to bring inmates together to compete for a bizarre prize of a 16kg suckling pig.
Pictures appeared of Ronaldinho featuring in the action, wearing a white vest and a pair of floral shorts along with AstroTurf trainers.
Sporting his trademark ponytail, the Brazil icon looked to be straight in among the action as the tournament got underway upon a small concrete pitch.
A later image then showed Ronaldinho surrounded by team-mates, clutching a golden trophy.
The team boasting the former Barcelona and AC Milan superstar won the final match 11-2, with Ronaldinho scoring five goals and assisting the other six.
The 39-year-old was detained after being arrested for allegedly attempting to enter the South American country of Paraguay with a fake passport alongside his brother.
The winning prize of a pig is a far cry from the gong he won in 2002 with his country as Brazil lifted the World Cup for a fifth time. Ronaldinho’s lawyer has branded that his client didn’t realise the documents were not valid and was not guilty just ‘stupid’ over the incident which has landed him in jail.
It has also since been claimed that on Friday Ronaldinho was subjected to tests for the coronavirus in the Asuncion prison, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
Adolfo Marin, the legal representative for the former Barcelona star, said that Ronaldinho was unaware that he was travelling to another country with a passport that was not valid.
‘The courts have not taken into account the fact that Ronaldinho didn’t know he was committing a crime,’ he told Folha de Sao Paulo. ‘Because he didn’t understand he had been given false documents. He is stupid.’ Another lawyer on his team, Sergio Queiroz said the footballer and his brother, ‘did not know that the passports were irregular, and they cooperated fully with the authorities.’