BrazilÂ legend Ronaldinho has been arrested inÂ ParaguayÂ for allegedly using false documentation to enter the South American country.
The 39-year-old, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002,Â was detained in theÂ Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo along with his brother Roberto on Wednesday night, the Ministry of Interior of Paraguay has confirmed.
According toÂ La Nacion,Â passports were found in the hotel bearingÂ the names of Ronaldinho and Roberto with Paraguayan nationality.
Both the brothers remained in the hotel suite overnight, with Paraguayan authorities due to issueÂ a statement on Thursday morning.
An official statement from the Paraguayan police had earlier revealed thatÂ Ronaldinho and his entourage had been invited to Paraguay by casino owner Nelson Belotti.
The former Brazil international was expected to hold several publicity events, with the media invited to witness his interaction with fans and dignitaries.
Ronaldinho is currently without a Brazilian passportÂ because of an environmental fine he received in 2018.
The formerÂ BarcelonaÂ star and his brother were convicted of illegally building a fishing trap at Lake Guaiba in 2015 without proper licensing in a permanent preservation area.
That conviction saw the duo handed anÂ $8.5 million (Â£6.5m) fine in November 2018 and after failing to pay up, Brazil's Superior Court of Justice decided to stop RonaldinhoÂ from being able to leave the country.Â Â
Despite being unable to travel out ofÂ Brazil, Ronaldinho was unveiled as one of the country's new ambassadors for tourism in September last year.
Literally stranded in his homeland, the formerÂ AC MilanÂ star said at the time thatÂ he wasÂ trying to make the most of his situationÂ after accepting a role to promote Brazil's tourism.
"Tourism is very important for generating jobs and regaining our image internationally," Ronaldinho said at his unveiling as an ambassador.
Ronaldinho enjoyedÂ a distinguished playing career across South America and Europe - winning theÂ Champions League,Â La Liga,Â Serie AÂ and Copa Libertadores.
He also secured numerousÂ individual honours, including the 2005 Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.
TheÂ Porto-Alegre-born forward lifted the World Cup inÂ South KoreaÂ andÂ JapanÂ in 2002 and won the Copa America with his national team in 1999.