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Ronaldinho could face jail time in his native Brazil for unpaid maintenance to ex-girlfriend

Retired footballer Ronaldinho faces jail in his native Brazil for unpaid maintenance to an ex-girlfriend – a year after the multimillionaire was jailed in Paraguay for using a fake passport

  • Ronaldinho is currently in a legal battle with his ex-girlfriend Priscilla Coelho
  • The 41-year-old Brazilian legend has been ordered to settle his debt with Coelho before December 1 to avoid having his assets seized and possibly jailed.
  • Coelho would have been paid around £13,500 in maintenance as the Brazilian legend’s ‘common law wife’ a month after arbitration



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Former Barcelona and AC Milan star Ronaldinho has been warned he could be dragged back to prison over a dispute over the payment of alimony with an ex-girlfriend.

According to reports in Brazil, the 41-year-old has been ordered to settle his debt with Priscilla Coelho before December 1 to avoid having his assets seized and potentially facing a jail term.

Priscilla’s lawyer Bruno Medrado told the Brazilian newspaper Extra: “He has to pay now.”

Ronaldinho must settle his debt with ex Priscilla Coelho before December 1

The football legend pictured in October

The football legend pictured in October

Ronaldinho has been ordered by court to settle his debt with ex Priscilla Coelho before December 1

Officials allegedly handed Ronaldinho a subpoena so that he could be formally notified of alimony payment deadline on Nov. 11 after several failed attempts to track him down.

The former footballer, who was arrested and jailed in Paraguay last year after flying into the country on a false passport, is currently in Dubai.

In May 2018, Ronaldinho was forced to deny that he married Priscilla and another woman named Beatriz Sousa at the same time.

He spoke out after a Brazilian newspaper said he would tie the knot with the gorgeous couple in a private ceremony in Rio de Janeiro’s upscale Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, where he owns a home.

The two-time World Player of the Year said at the time: ‘It’s a huge lie. Everyone is talking about it, but it’s not true. I’m not getting married.’

Coelho would have been paid around £13,500 in maintenance as the Brazilian legend's 'common law wife' a month after arbitration

Coelho would have been paid around £13,500 in maintenance as the Brazilian legend's 'common law wife' a month after arbitration

Coelho would have been paid around £13,500 in maintenance as the Brazilian legend’s ‘common law wife’ a month after arbitration

About a year later, Priscilla, who is said to have started with Ronaldinho when he played for Belo Horizonte club Atletico Mineiro, turned out to be demanding money from her multi-millionaire ex.

She is said to have been awarded around £13,500 in alimony a month after arbitrating as the retired player’s former common law wife in a preliminary decision that can be appealed while the first payments are made.

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira flew back to Brazil at the end of August last year after being forced to spend nearly six months in Paraguay.

Their return to Brazil came 24 hours after they were told they would not appear in court over a fake passport scandal when their lawyer struck a deal with prosecutors, which was approved by a judge.

Roberto was released with a criminal record after pleading guilty to using a false document and receiving a suspended jail term.

Ronaldinho was arrested and jailed in March 2020 for allegedly trying to enter Paraguay with a fake passport

Ronaldinho was arrested and jailed in March 2020 for allegedly trying to enter Paraguay with a fake passport

Ronaldinho was arrested and jailed in March 2020 for allegedly trying to enter Paraguay with a fake passport

Ronaldinho and his brother reportedly attempted to enter Paraguay using this documentation

Ronaldinho and his brother reportedly attempted to enter Paraguay using this documentation

Ronaldinho and his brother reportedly attempted to enter Paraguay using this documentation

The siblings had to pay around £153,000 in damages, with Ronaldinho paying £68,000 of the total and his brother the rest.

Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested on March 6 last year after entering Paraguay to launch an online casino and a book of forged passports falsely proving that they were naturalized Paraguayan citizens. The passports had been issued to two women before they were changed.

The former footballer spent his 40th birthday in prison before he and his brother were allowed to move to the four-star Palmaroga hotel in the Paraguayan capital as part of a house arrest.

His net worth is estimated at over £67 million thanks to his career earnings and a number of well-paid sponsorship deals.

In the photo, he was enjoying an emotional reunion with former Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o at an event in Qatar over the weekend.

Ronaldinho enjoyed an illustrious football career and is best remembered for his time at Barcelona

Ronaldinho enjoyed an illustrious football career and is best remembered for his time at Barcelona

Ronaldinho enjoyed an illustrious football career and is best remembered for his time at Barcelona

The 2002 World Cup winner was photographed during the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha . on Sunday

The 2002 World Cup winner was photographed during the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha . on Sunday

The 2002 World Cup winner was photographed during the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha . on Sunday

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