Watch the emotional moment Ronaldinho discovers he's being released from prison
Brazil legend Ronaldinho broke into his famous toothy smile as he learned that he was set to be released from prison on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old icon and his brother, Roberto Assis, 49, have been incarcerated in a maximum-security Paraguayan jail since the beginning of March after they were found to be in possession of fake passports while trying to enter the country.
Ronaldinho became a popular figure inside and even wiped the floor with his fellow inmates in a football tournament last month but his time behind bars has come to an end and he has been placed under house arrest instead.
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The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner and his older sibling have agreed to pay $1.6million (£1.3m) to secure bail and will now be staying at Asuncoin’s Hotel Palmaroga, around two miles from where they were being held.
It’s understood the pair will be living it up in a presidential suite at the five-star accommodation which boasts a luxury gym and a swimming pool.
Judge Gustavo Amarilla made contact with the two brothers via video link on Tuesday to inform them of the news.
‘Your lawyers say you are not going to abscond and you are going to respect the conditions of the house arrest,’ Amarilla said.
‘I need to know whether you understand the terms of the bail agreement and personally accept it.’
Ronaldinho and his brother nodded and accepted the agreement and the relief was obvious on both of their faces.
The former AC Milan and PSG midfielder even celebrated with a one-handed ‘shaka’ gesture.
Ronaldinho was later seen embracing family members as he arrived at the hotel where he will now be staying.
Last month, ex-Paraguay footballer Nelson Cuevas visited Ronaldinho in prison and revealed that the Brazilian was struggling with the situation.
‘He is sad. Hopefully, he can get out soon,’ Cuevas told Infobae.
‘He is just sad because of the situation.
‘His lawyers are handling the rest. Hopefully he can get out of there soon.’
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