October 26, 2020
Rio de Janeiro-ALsharqiya October 26: Former Brazilian international Ronaldinho, winner of the 2005 Golden Ball awarded by France Football magazine to the best player, announced on Sunday that he was infected with the new Corona virus, but he was reassured that he was without symptoms. The former star of Barcelona, Spain, and Paris French Saint-Germain and Milan, Italy, on his Instagram account, a video clip in which he said: Greetings, friends, family, fans, I took a Covid test and the result is positive. I'm fine, I don't have symptoms at the moment.
The forty-year-old will remain isolated at his hotel in Belo Horizonte (southeast of the country), where he was supposed to participate in an event organized by one of the sponsoring companies at the Minerao Stadium, which saw him crowned the champion of the Copa Libertadores South American Clubs in 2013 in the colors of Atlético Mineiro.
Ronaldinho returned to his country in late August after he and his brother Roberto de Assis, who is also his manager, was detained in Paraguay for five months for using false passports.
Ronaldinho and his brother arrived in the Paraguayan capital of Asunción on the 4th of March from Brazil and brought their passports to the immigration police, who did not immediately notice any problem with the documents.
Hours later, when the fraud was noticed, the police raided the player's hotel, where he was promoting a book and intending to attend conferences sponsored by charities concerned with disadvantaged children, and found the forged passports.
The investigation has since expanded to include a possible money laundering case.
After nearly a month behind bars, on April 7, Ronaldinho and his brother moved to house arrest in a hotel after paying a bail of about $ 1.6 million.
18 people have been arrested in connection with the case, most of them immigration officials or police officers.
Ronaldinho is one of the most prominent players in the history of football, and he won almost all the available titles from the 2002 World Cup, Copa America, Confederations Cup, European Champions League, Spanish and Italian leagues, and the Golden Ball.
Brazil is the second most affected country in the world with the Covid-19 virus after the United States, and the number of deaths has reached more than 156,000 people so far.