Former Barcelona football legend Ronaldinho and his brother Robert de Assis Moreira, are hoping they will be allowed to return to Brazil after spending two months detention in Paraguay for using forged passports.
Ronaldinho claims that he was unaware that the passports he and his brother were issued were fake as he told the Paraguayan ABC newspaper:
“I was completely caught off guard when I found out that these passports were not valid,”
The former Barcelona star claims that the pair received the passports from the same sponsors that had organised the charity work that had brought them to Paraguay in the first place.
Ronaldinho and his brother have been on house arrest at the Palmarogag Hotel after posting a $1.6 million bail.
As much as the Brazilians are eager to go back home, it is highly unlikely that they will be getting their wish anytime soon as 18 people have already been arrested in connection with the case while the investigators have 6 months to conclude their investigations into the case.
The incident that the former Barcelona star and his brother Robert de Assis Moreira find themselves in has received major criticism as member in the Paraguayan football community have come out in support of the pair.
President of Paraguay footballers union, Rogelio Delgado went on to tell AFP that, “There is not one single serious proof that incriminates him,”
As Public Prosecutor continues its investigation into the case, it seems the scope may now include possible money laundering which if true would extinguish any hopes of the pair being allowed to return to Brazil anytime soon