Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has reportedly been held by police in Paraguay amid accusations he was found in possession of altered passports.
According to ESPN Brasil , Ronaldinho arrived in the South American country for a charity event on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old was held after the fake documents were reportedly found in his hotel suite by officials near the capital city of Asuncion.
ESPN claim he remains in custody alongside his brother after being allowed to stay in the hotel and they must report to the prosecutor's office by Thursday morning.
Another man who accompanied the brothers was arrested who Paraguay's interior minister, Euclides Acevedo, says they claim "tricked them" as the pair co-operate with investigations.
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"[Ronaldinho and his brother] are not being detained, they are still under judicial investigation and they have to testify. Then it will be decided whether they will be arrested or not," Acevedo said.
Ronaldinho enjoyed a glittering career, winning 97 caps for Brazil and being pivotal in their 2002 World Cup win.
He won the Ballon d'Or as the best player in the world during the peak of his powers with Barcelona in 2005 before a spell with AC Milan.
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He then returned back to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in 2012 and retired after a brief stint with Fluminense in 2015.
His retirement was officially confirmed in January 2018, three years after his last professional appearance, having had a brief stint playing futsal in India.
The playmaker is one of only seven players to have won the Champions League, World Cup and Ballon d'Or during their career.
Ronaldinho's representatives have been approached for comment.
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