Ronaldinho may have been deprived of his freedom and lost his dignity, but he will never lack time. If Ronaldinho can get rid of an old habit and think about life seriously, then he will use these days in jail to reflect on why he is in the current predicament.
Two weeks ago, Ronaldinho was invited to Asuncion, Paraguay, where he appeared in a local casino called Il Palazzo. Ronaldinho might have thought that he would only shake hands with some people and pose for Pose to take pictures, but he did not expect that he would be arrested by the Paraguayan police and imprisoned for using fake passports. If any director wants to adapt Ronald's story into a movie, then "From Palace to Prison" must be a very eye-catching title.
According to Ronaldinho’s original plan, in addition to going to the casino, he will also promote a new Spanish book reviewing his career in Paraguay. The title is very ironic: "Genio en la Vida", which means "life." Genius in China".
根据罗纳尔迪尼奥（Ronaldinho）的原始计划，除了去赌场外，他还将宣传一本西班牙新书，以回顾他在巴拉圭的职业生涯。标题非常具有讽刺意味：“ Genio en la Vida”，意为“生命”。中国的天才”。
When Ronaldinho celebrated his 40th birthday under the bars, no one would think he was a genius for living. Since hanging up his boots in 2018, Ronaldinho’s life has been in a mess. His handling of many things is too amateur and too ignorant... On the surface, it is hard to imagine that this great football player will be forced to wear it. Handcuffed, but considering that he stepped into the abyss after retiring, the prison seemed to be the logical end.
First of all, this incident is easily reminiscent of Ronaldinho's legal dispute in his hometown of Rio Grande do Sul. In 2009, Ronaldinho and his brother Assis built a small pier and a fishing platform on the shore of Lake Guayaba in the nature reserve without planning permission. The local government ordered the brothers to demolish illegal buildings and imposed a fine of 9 million Brazilian reals (approximately 2 million pounds).
Ronaldinho and Assis did not pay the fine, and as punishment, the Brazilian government confiscated Ronaldinho's passport in 2018. (Interestingly, although Ronaldinho could not leave Brazil, he was later appointed as one of Brazil's tourism ambassadors.) In 2019, 57 assets of the former Barcelona star were "frozen", but when the prosecutor combed his finances However, he found only 24 reais (less than £10) left in his bank account.
At the time, many people believed that this indicated that Ronaldinho was on the verge of bankruptcy. The truth is likely to surface in the next few months, but in a sense, the reason why Ronaldinho has gone crazy to make money in the past few years may indeed be because his financial situation is not stable.
Ronaldinho has participated in a wide range of "commercial" projects, some of which have something to do with football, such as joining the Indian Futsal League and cooperating with e-sports and betting companies. But other projects are confusing. If you browse Ronaldinho's social media pages, you will find all kinds of advertisements that are incompatible with football. The promotion targets include inexplicable apps, low-quality mobile games, digital currency exchanges, artificial intelligence summits and investment brokers.
Many famous players will build personal brands and establish business partnerships with companies in various industries after retirement. But Ronaldinho's problem is that there are too many "business partners" in him.
During the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldinho once listed his own property for rent on Airbnb, and he also worked with a company called 18KRonaldinho. The company sells "luxury experiences", promises to pay investors in bitcoin, and writes on the website: "Join 18kRonaldinho, and you won't lose." But since October 2019, it has stopped investing in the platform The government froze the assets of the payment by the government-former members asked Ronaldinho to pay 300 million reais for his losses.
Some people may say that this is very interesting, thinking that Ronaldinho is like a hapless but cute guy, always subverting people's understanding of logic. Others believe that Ronaldinho seems to have a cynical, urchin nature, and this is also his inherent unique charm.
For example, because Ronaldinho likes parties so much that the Flamenco Club was forced to open a "party hotline", welcome to see Ronaldinho fans in major nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro to call... From this perspective, Even if Ronaldinho "endorsed" 100 swindler startups, served as a guest on country pop music shows, or became the "prison king" in prison football matches, it is not surprising. The classic Ronaldinho!
But Ronaldinho's story is not a comedy, but a tragedy-in Ronaldinho's story, he has been deceived and used countless times.
If you want to really understand Ronaldinho, you must first understand the relationship between him and Assis. Compared with the simple brotherhood, the relationship between them is more complicated. Ronaldinho's father died when he was 8 years old. Since then, Assis, who is 9 years older than him, has played the role of brother and father in his life. Ronaldinho aspires to be a player like Assis, and regards his brother as a beacon of life. The brothers could hardly be separated. Not long ago, Ronaldinho called Assis his "brother, father and partner" in a group photo on Twitter.
Assis is also Ronaldinho's agent, manager and personal assistant, arranging all affairs for Ronaldinho. Ronaldinho trusts Assis unconditionally and is even willing to let him speak on his behalf. When I interviewed Ronaldinho in Mexico, I noticed how the brothers communicate. It is no exaggeration to say that Assis is like a master performing puppet shows. If he is not present, I even wonder if Ronaldinho can find a way to have breakfast...
None of this necessarily constitutes a problem. The problem is that Assis's (in business) judgment is very unstable, that's why Ronaldinho suffers financial problems and has to go to holes frequently to make quick money. In other words, he asked Ronaldinho to do anything bad, and he almost refused any invitation to cooperate.
Of course, Ronaldinho himself should also bear part of the responsibility. He doesn't cherish his reputation too much.
On a personal level, Ronaldinho is really likable. Ronaldinho once agreed to take a photo with a fan shortly after suffering a serious car accident. He was also very polite to the guards of the Paraguayan prison. Whenever Ronaldinho is interviewed, no matter how tired he is, he always smiles naturally at the moment the camera lens is turned on.
However, in court, charisma is not enough-Ronaldinho is so ignorant that it is difficult for lawyers to defend him. The Paraguayan judiciary has called for the arrest of Ronaldinho’s business partner because the latter is suspected of money laundering. The Paraguayan side has refused to deport the Ronaldinho brothers to Brazil and also refused the lawyer's request for bail. None of these sounds a good sign.
No matter what happens next, this incident has exposed Ronaldinho’s shortcomings: in some respects he is still as naive as a child, too easy to trust others... Ronaldinho has never learned to manage his reputation seriously, really Need to reflect.