Spanish League giants Barcelona have reportedly severed ties with the club legend, Ronaldinho, as his case in Paraguay prison worsens.
The Brazilian was taken into custody in the south American country after trying to gain entrance with fake documents.
According to SunSport, the World Cup winner was said to be risking going to jail for the next six months if he is found guilty of the crimes levied against him.
The publication stated that a key witness subject to his release from custody failed to testify and provide evidence to back up his claims.
Ronaldinho, who turns 40 in a couple of days has been behind bars along with his brother Roberto de Assis, 49, and are facing trial after they were denied bail.
What was supposed to be a quick jaunt to Paraguay for Ronaldinho has turned into an extended stay at a maximum-security prison.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 19, 2020
Their freedom suffered a major setback as after Dalia Lopez – the businesswoman said to have organised their visit – failed to present herself in court.
The woman’s confession is said to be important to the former star’s release – but she failed to appear in court as her lawyers presented a doctor’s report giving reasons for her absence as reported by Spanish outlet Sport.
Ronaldinho’s current situation has now forced his former club to distance themselves from him as his chance to freedom suffered a setback.
Also, Lionel Messi was said to have denied sending the former AC Milan attacker money as claimed by some media platforms.
Reports from Paraguay reveals that the Brazilian was “sad and angry but smiling” as he vowed never to return to the country.
March 2020: the world is under a global plague lockdown, and Ronaldinho is in jail in Paraguay.
Life comes at you fast. pic.twitter.com/ybVkdSyqFc
— total Barça (@totalBarca) March 17, 2020
The former midfielder has also been accused of money laundering in the midst of his current situation.