Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, Ballon d’Or 2005, arrived on Tuesday on a private flight to Rio de Janeiro from Asuncion, the day after his release in a case of use of forged passports, AFP journalists observed.
The aircraft, a Cessna C750 jet with a capacity of eight passengers, in addition to the two Paraguayan pilots, landed at Rio International Airport shortly before 4.30 p.m. local (19.30 GMT).
The plane had taken off nearly three hours earlier from Asuncion International Airport.
In the Paraguayan capital, at the exit of the hotel where the former champion resided, dozens of fans had gathered around his luxury car to cries of “Ronaldinho we love you” and “Ronaldinho does not leave” .
The vehicle then proceeded to “Silvio Pettirossi” International Airport in Asuncion.
On the spot, the former footballer, accompanied by his brother Roberto and their Brazilian lawyer Sergio Felicio Queiroz, spoke with the authorities of the public prosecution and the immigration police to validate the protocol of their departure.
“Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto are authorized to travel from 11 a.m. local”, the Minister of the National Defense Council, Federico Gonzalez, had previously announced to the press.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, said Ronaldinho, and his brother Roberto were released on Monday after more than five months of detention in Paraguay. The two men were arrested on March 6 in this country for using false official documents.
The former player of FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain was fined $ 90,000 and has the obligation to inform Paraguayan justice of any permanent change of address.
As for his brother, he was sentenced to two years in prison, paid a fine of $ 110,000 and the obligation to appear every four months before a Brazilian judge for two years.
Paraguayan justice considered that he had knowledge of the fraud.
After being detained in a police station in Asuncion, where Ronaldinho celebrated his 40th birthday on March 21, the two brothers had been under house arrest for almost five months in a luxury hotel in the capital, against the posting of a deposit of $ 1.6 million.
Coming in particular to promote a book and a charity campaign, they are accused of having entered Paraguay in possession of forged Paraguayan passports.
About 20 people have already been arrested in connection with this case, most of them immigration officials or police.