- Diego Maradona is gutted about the way Ronaldinho is being treated in Paraguay
- The Brazilian legend was arrested for allegedly entering the country with fake passport
- After spending 32 days in jail, the 40-year-old has been placed under house arrest
Diego Maradona has described Ronaldinho’s arrest in Paraguay as a sad one saying the Brazilian legend is not a criminal.
The Barcelona legend was arrested alongside his brother by Paraguayan authorities for allegedly entering the country with fake passports.
In his recent interview, Maradona stated that the Ronaldinho case is one that hurts him, adding that the former player is being treated like that because he is an idol.
"What happened to Ronaldinho made me sad," he told Argentine outlet El Dia de La Plata.
"He is not a criminal; he only went to work (in Paraguay).
"His mistake is being an idol, it seems. He is my friend and I support him to the death."
After seeking temporary release from the Paraguayan jail, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has been moved to an exquisite luxury hotel where he now enjoys five-star treatment.
The former Ballon d’Or winner was released by the Paraguayan authorities after spending 32 days behind bars for allegedly using fake passport to gain entrance into the country.
He and his brother will remain under house arrest at the hotel until they are both cleared of wrongdoing by the police.
Ronaldinho was said to have paid a staggering $1.6million to bail himself and his brother as reported by Spanish news outlet Marca.
They are now out of the highly secured jail and are moved to a luxury four-star hotel pending the time investigations are concluded.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Ronaldinho bid farewell to his inmates amid tears in a barbecue party in the Paraguayan prison after he was released and placed under proper house arrest, reports claim, ESPN FC.
The former Barcelona star spent 32 days after being charged along with his brother for entering the country with fake documents.
And once the news of the release of the Brazilian legend got to prison, a barbecue party was arranged to say bid him his final goodbye.
The World Cup winner was denied bail on three occasions before a judge granted them house arrest in exchange for a bail payment of $1.6million.
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