- Ronaldinho lost his mother to coronavirus complications and now there are concerns about the player
- Reports have it that the legend who clocked 41 on March 21 has been drinking heavily
- It was gathered that the former Barcelona attacking midfielder drinks with friends from morning till night
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has reportedly increased his alcohol intake according to the latest reports from his home country; a situation aggravated by the death of his mother.
The worrying news claim that the former Barcelona and AC Milan superstar has been drinking heavily with close friends from morning till night.
Ronaldinho has lost his beloved mother two months after the 71-year-old was tested positive for the deadly COVID-19.
Dona Miguelina was said to have passed on after failure in battle against the virus while in hospital.
According to close friends, the 2002 FIFA World Cup winner is now drinking more excessively than before.
Ronaldinho's friends told Brazilian newspaper Extra, as cited by Soccer Laduma:
"Every day is a party. He starts drinking vodka, whiskey, gin in the morning, and only stops drinking the next morning.
"It is not something of late, but we noticed that it became more intense after his mother's death."
Ronaldinho personally contracted deadly coronavirus just weeks after being released from jail.
The World Cup winner was accused to have used a fake passport to enter Paraguay and was detained inside prison for 32 days by the government before he was released.
He was not the only one arrested as his brother was also jailed in Paraguay before they were later released.
During his time inside the prison, Ronaldinho had fun with some inmates playing football with them and also taking pictures.
He made it clear that he struggled to recover from the virus after being tested positive.
Ronaldinho remains one of the best players to have graced the game considering his style of play and the titles he won in the national teams and clubs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former Nigerian international Austin Jay Jay Okocha has stated that his former teammate at French club Paris Sain-Germain Ronaldinho tried to imitate some of his skills.
Okocha played at the Ligue 1 club between 1998 and 2002 where he featured in 83 league games scoring 12 goals.
Young Ronaldinho arrived at the club in 2001 and the pair partnered in the midfield before the Nigerian moved to the Premier League a year later to join Bolton Wanderers.
He narrated how the Brazilian would copy some of the dribbles and tricks he was famous for.
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