Ronaldinho Doing Well In Prison - Warden
March. 11, 2020
Former Barcelona and Brazil attacker Ronaldinho is adjusting quickly to life in a Paraguayan jail, the head/warden of the facility told Reuters on Monday, but his lawyers are optimistic he may soon be released into house arrest while the investigation is still undergoing.
"In broad terms he is doing very well," prison warden Blas Vera told Reuters via a telephone interview.
"I see he is in good spirits, just like you see him on television, always smiling."
Blas Vera indicated that Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis, who were detained on Friday for using forged Paraguayan documents to gain access into the country, would plead their case before a judge on Tuesday.
Their lawyer Sergio Queiroz told Reuters they had petitioned a court to release them into house arrest and offered assurances they were not a flight risk.
Vera said the 39-year old former AC Milan and Barcelona forward and his brother had beds, a television and a fan in their prison cell on the outskirts of the capital Asuncion.
The brothers use a communal bathroom and have been given access to the outdoor patio on a regular basis.
The brothers attornies have provided them with food on a regular basis as they have not eaten the food offered by the jail.
Ronaldinho and his brother
The maximum security facility where they are detained has around 195 detainees, including politicians and police officers accused of corruption as well as major drug traffickers.
The more dangerous inmates are kept in a different wing to Ronaldinho, Vera said, adding that he was doing his best to make sure the brothers stay is "as comfortable as possible".
Carlos Gamarra, the former captain of Paraguay's national team who also played for several Brazilian clubs, paid a courtesy visit to Ronaldinho with a group of ex-players on Sunday.
Vera said others who were at the regular Sunday visiting time befriended the Brazilian.
"There was also a group of boys and girls and he welcomed them, gave them hugs and chatted with them," he said.
Ronaldinho was last year made a tourist ambassador by the Brazilian government, arrived in Paraguay on Wednesday, invited to the South American nation by a local casino owner to promote a local charity.
Ronaldinho officially retired from football in 2015 and represented Brazilian clubs Atletico Mineiro, Flamengo and Fluminense. Though he is retired he is still hugely popular with global football fans and advertisers.
Ronaldinho won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. He was also named FIFA world player of the year in 2004 and 2005.
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