Ronaldinho in prison: Footage of him playing foot volleyball emerges

  • Rob Swan

We’re coming up to one month since Ronaldinho was detained in a Paraguayan prison after entering the country with a fake passport.

The Brazilian football icon is still awaiting trial in Asuncion, several weeks after he was first taken into custody.

Ronaldinho, who turned 40 on March 21, denied entering the South American country with doctored documents alongside his older brother, Roberto Assis, who is also spending time in the same prison.

The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner has been using his time as productively as possible while behind bars, according to various reports.

It was recently revealed that he’s been attending a carpentry course – learning a trade is always wise – while he was the star of the show (obviously) during a futsal tournament.

Ronaldinho inspired his team to an 11-2 victory in the final, scoring five and assisting the other six goals, earning him and his teammates a 16kg pig as a prize.

The former Barcelona superstar is said to be “loved” by his fellow inmates, who tried to keep his morale high by organising a barbecue for his recent milestone birthday.

A week on from Ronaldinho’s 40th and more footage has emerged from the Paraguayan prison, this time showing the great man taking part in a game of foot volleyball with other prisoners.

Needless to say, Ronaldinho isn’t responsible for losing a single point during the 90-second video.

He’ll never lose his extraordinary talent.

His fellow prisoners, meanwhile, will probably end their sentences as better footballers following their fortuitous spell with one of the best players of all time.

“He plays football every day and teaches the guys he plays with a few tricks,” a source told ESPN earlier this month.

“From the very first moment he wanted to make sure he integrated with the other inmates and he quickly managed to do that.

“He’s an idol for many of them and they have asked for him to sign hats, shirts and trainers.”

Recent reports have suggested that Ronaldinho could potentially spend a further six months in prison.

But let’s hope that isn’t the case and he’ll be a free man again as soon as possible.

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