Ronaldinho ‘loved’ by Paraguayan prison inmates and he’s teaching them football skills

Ronaldinho has been embraced by prison inmantes (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Ronaldinho has become a popular figure in a maximum-security prison in Paraguay, with his fellow inmates thoroughy enjoying having him around.

The Brazilian legend and his brother, Roberto Assis, entered Paraguay for a charity event but have been forced to stay far longer than expected due to travelling with falsified passports – despite residents of Brazil not needing passports to enter their landlocked neighbour.

A judge denied the pair bail and would not release them into house arrest, meaning former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Ronaldinho has been locked up for a couple of weeks.

While the former Ballon d’Or winner has been wiping the floor with inmates in arranged behind-bars football matches, he is said to be ‘sad and angry’ at his situation.

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He is also missing playing the bongos, according to ESPN, but he is ‘loved’ by prison inmates who are embracing having their idol around and he’s been teaching them football skills during his stay.

‘He can’t play any instruments inside but I am sure that in his head he will keep on coming up with melodies for compositions when he’s out,’ a source close to the player told ESPN.

Ronaldinho is a Ballon d’Or winner (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘He plays football every day and teaches the guys he plays with a few tricks. From the very first moment he wanted to make sure he integrated with the other inmates and he quickly managed to do that.

‘He’s an idol for many of them and they have asked for him to sign hats, shirts and trainers.’

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