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Former World Player of the year and Brazil forward Ronaldinho is being held by police in Paraguay for allegedly using fake documents to enter the country.

The police reportedly searched a hotel in Asuncion, on Wednesday, where the former footballer had been staying with his brother.

The interior minister of Paraguay told ESPN Brazil that the pair had not been arrested but are currently being investigated

Minister Euclides Acevedo also said they deny wrongdoing and are co-operating with the authorities.

Photograph of a Paraguayan ID document shared by the Paraguayan authorities bearing Ronaldo's name

In July 2019, the player reportedly had his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes.

“Ronaldinho will be heard at eight in the morning on Thursday at the prosecutor’s office,” minister Euclides Acevedo told AFP, adding that customs authorities would also be investigated.

“I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies”, Mr Acevedo told local media.


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