After two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho was recently released from jail and placed under house arrest in Paraguay, an insider exclusively told Soccer Laduma what life behind bars was like for the former FC Barcelona superstar.
The 39-year-old and his older brother spent just over a month in jail in Paraguay after they were caught with fake passports, which their lawyers insisted were given as gifts.
Last week, Ronaldinho and his sibling were released into house arrest, with the investigation still ongoing, and Soccer Laduma chatted to Brazilian journalist Ricardo Perrone, who visited the jail Ronaldinho was held in, to get more insight into the case.
The 51-year-old UOL reporter revealed that kids were allowed to go inside the prison to get pictures with the ex-Blaugrana No. 10, but added that this was later stopped due to the coronavirus.
"I can tell you that outside it was unbelievable, you see a lot of kids, teenagers and adults just going to the jail to try get a selfie with Ronaldinho, or to get his signature," he said.
"In the beginning, the jail allowed kids inside to get photos with Ronaldinho, but because of coronavirus, they stopped it.
"Some guys went to visit another guy in jail, and they took shirts from Barcelona and from Brazil to try and get his signature."
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