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Ronaldinho Shows Off His Skills In Paraguayan Prison Football Tournament

Ronaldinho Shows Off His Skills In Paraguayan Prison Football Tournament

Ronaldinho has been rolling back the years and showing off some of his trademark skills in a prison tournament.

The former Brazilian midfielder inspired his team to an 11-2 victory in the final to win their prize of a 16 kilogram suckling pig, it has been reported.

The 39-year-old is currently behind bars after he and his brother were found to have been using illegal Paraguayan passports.

But according to reports, photos have been released showing him participating in a jail house kickabout. And he definitely hasn't lost it.

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Clips were posted on social media showing the former Barcelona man pulling off some of the tricks and flicks that made him a household name in the 2000s.

Reports in Hoy claim that Ronaldinho - real name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira - wasn't too keen on getting involved but was convinced by other inmates to take part.

And he wasn't the only famous face on the pitch, former politician Miguel Cuevas had the unenviable task of trying to stop the World Cup winner from getting near his box. Something he failed to do, with Ronaldinho involved in all 11 of his side's goals.

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According to reports, the ex-PSG player had struggled to adapt to life behind bars when he first arrived but is now fitting in.

Speaking to Reuters, prison warden Blas Vera said: "In broad terms he is doing very well. I see he is in good spirits, just like you see him on television, always smiling."

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Adding: "Since yesterday he looks very well, he talks to his other inmates, he goes out to the patio."

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Speaking about the incident that left him in jail, Ronaldinho's lawyer Adolfo Marin said his client was 'stupid' but was unaware that what he was doing was illegal.

He told Folha de Sao Paulo: "The courts have not taken into account the fact that Ronaldinho didn't know he was committing a crime.

"Because he didn't understand he had been given false documents. He is stupid."

The passports Ronaldinho was arrested for. Credit: Facebook/Ministerio Público - Fiscalía General de la República del Paraguay
The passports Ronaldinho was arrested for. Credit: Facebook/Ministerio Público - Fiscalía General de la República del Paraguay
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The prosecution service said in a statement: "Prosecutors investigate Brazilian player Ronaldinho's documents and passports.

"Prosecution officials Federico Delfino, Alicia Sapriza and Marcelo Pecci led an investigation and carried out a joint operation with the National Police.

"It was carried out in a presidential suite at the Yacht and Paraguayan Club Hotel Resort in the city of Lambare.

"Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, alias 'Ronaldinho' and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, were staying at that resort.

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"Ronaldinho and his brother said they had been invited to Paraguay by Nelson Belotti, owner of the Il Palazzo casino, and had been contacted by the representative of a foundation called Fraternidad Angelical about participating in some charity events."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/HernanRSotelo

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