Written by Robbie Blakeley Produced by Tifo Studios

He is the greatest player to ever hail from Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. He is arguably the most talented dribbler to emerge from the land where so many seem to be born with a ball at their feet.

But for Ronaldinho Gaúcho – Champions League winner, World Cup winner, two-time FIFA World Player of the Year – an attempt to evade Paraguayan justice appears to have proven extremely costly. The former Barcelona and Brazil idol was arrested on Friday, 6 March, for entering the South American nation on a doctored Paraguayan passport, alongside his brother and agent, Roberto de Assis.

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