the capital with Paraguay in solitary confinement, former star Brazilian Ronaldinho football spends its second week under house arrest in an exclusive hotel in Asuncion, where a ballroom was set up to enable it to we keep his football skills as he awaits trial for entering the country under a false passport.
the winner of the World Cup, 40 years old and his brother business manager Roberto occupy two suites $ 350 a night at the hotel otherwise abandoned colonial Palmaroga, just a few blocks from the office Government
“Yesterday they brought a regulation soccer ball we set up a room – .. about 30 meters by 15 – for him to be meare practicing his juggling skills, “hotel manager Emilio Yegros told AFP.
” It seems to be a good race. He toujoursun smile, like his brother, “said Yegros.
“Her face changed his first day here. When he arrived, he was visibly tense and stressed, “the hotel manager said.
The former Barcelona star spends his days working in the hotel gym, practicing his legendary juggling skills with the ball, and wandering the halls echoing the 6000 meters building square, renovated in 2019.
lunch with ‘Ronhî
Ronaldinho and his brother are among 16 suspects extensive anti-corruption investigation.
Order March 6 to Cilisation Paraguayan fake passports to enter the neighboring country Brazil, they face five years in prison if convicted.
held in a police cell for the first 30 days of their détentionRonaldinho gave – his beard grown more complete now – and his brother a taste of prison conditions Paraguayan court they had ordered released under house arrest in Palmaroga earlier this month.
bail has been set at $ 1.6 million.
The fact that the hotel is part of the Barcelona-based Spanish group, which has construc-tion projects in Paraguay, is a “pure coincidence” and has nothing to do with the old club, said Yegros.
the former player is prevented from receiving visiteurs in the hotel under the protocols of Paraguay against the coronavirus, which officially 174 infections to date, with eight death of the star.
‘abusive and illegal
Brazilian Ronaldinho lawyer Sergio Queiroz says there is no legal basis for his detention.
“It is illegal, abusive,” he said. “They did not know that the documents they were illegal. “
” Leave Ronaldinho alone, “said the former champion of Argentine Jorge Valdano world, now coach in Spain.
“The only place Ronaldinho behaved like a troublemaker was on the ground,” he told a Madrid newspaper.
“One thing is to be stupid, as his lawyer called him,and another thing is to be a criminal. “
But prosecutor Alicia Sapriza sure. “They knew,” she told AFP.
What the investigators are trying to determine is whether the former star was used as a cover in the plot or voluntarily lent itself to an alleged money laundering and smuggling operation dispel suspicions possible.
“on the contents of its téléphoniquesqui calls were examined there was some conversation with the brother Roberto where documents were discussed,” before arriving in Paraguay, Saprizia said.
Although prosecutors believe that her brother Roberto carries a greater responsibility in the case, Sapriza said: “Ronaldinho could not ignore. Il can not claim to have been in good faith. “
Ronaldinho and his brother left for Asuncion on March 4 with their own Brazilian passports, but showed Paraguayan passports on arrival.
stormed to the finish by 2.000 children wearing T-shirts bearing his picture, he had traveled to Paraguay to open a casino owned by a Brazilian businessman and its agenda included attend an event organized by a charity for children.
prosecutors should limit the loads using documents with “false content” and the pair will be released probably bail when court resumes work following the solitary confinement, judicial sources in AFP.
A key component of the2002 World Cup winning side of Brazil, Ronaldinho made 529 club appearances in his 17-year playing career, turning to the big European clubs, including Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.