Ronaldinho and his brother’s appeal has been rejected by the Paraguayan Court of Appeal, Diario Sport report citing the Brazilian outlet UOL.
The player and his relative supposedly offered $1.6m to be released from the pre-trial detention. This fee was twice higher than the one offered by the detainees’ lawyers earlier, the source notes.
On Tuesday, Ronaldinho was said to offer his $800k-worth mansion in Asuncion where he would be detained under house arrest. However, the Court was said to consider the bail ‘insufficient’.
According to Spanish publication, Tribuna, Ronaldinho and his brother Robert have been jailed by Paraguay authorities pending trial for their attempt to enter the country with fake passports.
The duo are currently at the Agrupacion Especializada facility in Asuncion. It’s a maximum-security prison with 200-inmate capacity – drug traffickers, police, politicians and white-collar criminals.
The pre-trial detention can last up to six months, as multiple sources say. However, both are expected to serve real prison sentences for their crime.
Ronaldinho played for Barcelona between 2003 and 2008. He scored 94 goals in 207 appearances as a Blaugrana and won four trophies. During his Blaugrana times, he also claimed the Ballon d’Or. He was the last Barca player before Leo Messi to win this award in 2005.