It was once thought that the buck-toothed, fleet footed player, renowned for his artistry and winning smile, would always be remembered fondly for what he contributed to the game in the early years of this century. But in the years since his retirement, winding down since that final Libertadores triumph almost seven years ago, the player looks to be in very real danger of destroying his glorious legacy.March 19, 2020
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.