Former Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho, whose full name is Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, center, leaves the attorney general office in Asuncion, Paraguay, Thursday, March 5, 2020. Ronaldinho and his brother were detained by Paraguayan police for allegedly entering the country with falsified passports on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Former Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho leaves the attorney general office in Asuncion, Paraguay Image Credit: AP

Brazil superstar Ronaldinho has been ordered to remain under house arrest in Paraguay after an appeal court judge refused a request to release the former Barcelona player and his brother.

The 40-year-year-old and his older sibling Roberto Assis spent more than a month in prison for allegedly entering the South American country with fake passports.

In April, the pair were relocated to the four-star Palmaroga Hotel in the capital Asuncion after agreeing to pay $1.6 million in bail.

Local media reported that the failed appeal means the brothers will be kept in preventive detention for up to six months, pending a trial.

Ronaldinho and Assis travelled to Paraguay on March 4 to participate in a children’s charity event and promote a new book. They were arrested later that day on accusations of using false travel documents.

The pair have denied any wrongdoing and said they were presented with the passports as a “gift” upon arriving in Asuncion.

Ronaldinho retired from football in 2018 after a career that included spells at Gremio, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Milan and Atletico Mineiro, among other clubs. He was a part of the Brazil team that won the 2002 World Cup and was twice voted Fifa world player of the year.