Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho has been released from jail and placed in house arrest in Paraguay after he and his brother paid bail of $1.6 million (R29 million).
The former Barcelona midfielder, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, was arrested on March 6 with his brother and business manager Roberto Assis.
They were accused of possessing doctored Paraguayan passports with a lawyer for the pair claiming their detention was “arbitrary, abusive and illegal”.
The judge said he would permit the pair to move into a local hotel while they awaited their trial and will be allowed to receive visits. The two men deposited $800 000 each into a local bank account on Tuesday, according to international media reports.
“It’s a significant bail in cash to guarantee they will not flee,” Judge Gustavo Amarilla was quoted as saying.
The 40-year-old last played professionally in 2015 and was the best player in the world at his peak.
Ronaldinho was twice named Fifa World Player of the Year – in 2004 and 2005. The former Gremio, Flamengo and Paris Saint-Germain forward also won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. – Sports reporter