Brazil football legend Ronaldinho released Paraguay house arrest

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The five month ordeal for Brazilian and Barcelona football legend Ronaldinho ended on Tuesday when he was released from house arrest in Paraguay after his detention for holding a forged passport.

Ronaldinho and his brother had to spend one month in prison and another four in a luxury hotel in the capital Asuncion on bail. Both Brazil world cup winning footballer and his have now been released, although they must pay $200,000 (£153,000) in damages between them.

In March Ronaldinho he and his brother, Roberto de Assis Moreira – who is also his business manager – were detained after allegedly using fake passports to enter Paraguay.

Ronaldinho was travelling to the country to promote a campaign for underprivileged children. He spent his 40th birthday in a Paraguayan prison before the pair paid bail and moved to a luxury hotel under house arrest.

Prosecutors did not think the footballer had any role getting the false passports, but they believed his brother knew they were fake. Both however have maintained their innocence.

“The precautionary measure of arrest is lifted, there are no more restrictions placed by Paraguayan justice,” Judge Gustavo Amarilla told the court on Monday.

During his football career Ronaldinho helped Brazil to their fifth World Cup victory in 2002 and won the Champions League and two La Liga titles with Spanish football club Barcelona, as well as playing for Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.

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