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Barcelona legend Ronaldinho released from maximum security prison in Paraguay and placed under house arrest


Ronaldinho has been placed under house arrest (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has reportedly been released from a maximum-security prison in Paraguay after being held captive for more than a month.

The former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star was found in possession of fake passports along with his brother Roberto Assis and has reportedly been involved in football matches behind bars, while he became a popular figure among inmates.

However, his time in jail is over and he has been placed under house arrest instead, according to Globoesporte.

Bail of $1.6m (£1.3m) will be paid by the former Ballon d’Or winner and his brother and they will stay in a hotel two miles away from where they were incarcerated.

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Ronaldinho celebrated his 40th birthday behind bars, with previous appeals to be placed on house arrest turned down because they were deemed to be a flight risk.

There were fears Ronaldinho could face at least six months behind bars before the trial was ready to proceed, while that could be delayed further following the coronavirus outbreak.

However, he has been allowed to leave the maximum security facility after just 32 days.

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