EA Sports are ‘looking at removing’ Ronaldinho from their FIFA 20 game after the Brazilian served 32 days in Paraguayan jail despite facing six-month sentence over fake passport
- Ronaldinho was released from jail on Tuesday after paying a £1.3million bond
- The Brazil star was behind bars for 32 days for using a fake passport
- EA Sports are considering removing Ronaldinho from their FIFA 20 game
- He has four ICON cards in FIFA’s Ultimate team, ranging from a rating of 89 to 95
The two-time World Player of the Year was released from jail yesterday and placed under house arrest after reportedly paying a £1.3million bond.
However, the 40-year-old could still be removed from the popular video game, with Argentinian outlet Diario Ole reporting that EA Sports are ‘studying the removal’ of the ex-Barcelona player from the game.
Ronaldinho was released from jail yesterday but could now be removed from the FIFA 20 game
Three of the Brazilian World Cup winner’s ICON cards in FIFA 20’s Ultimate Team
Eliminating his profile on the most recent version of the football game may be necessary due to legal problems, the report details.
Ronaldinho currently has four ICON cards in FIFA’s Ultimate team, ranging from a rating of 89 to 95.
Last month, both he and his brother Roberto were charged with attempting to enter Paraguay with fake passports, and had been faced with six months’ jail time.
The former Barcelona star spent 32 days in jail over accusations he used a forged passport
Ronaldinho and his brother allegedly attempted to get into Paraguay using this documentation
But judge Gustavo Amarilla has permitted them both to stay at a hotel for the mean time, with the case still being decided and the player’s lawyers attempting to appeal the decision to jail him.
It had been argued that he should be spared from facing prison due to his high-profile status as a former footballer, with his legal team saying his detention was ‘arbitrary, abusive and illegal’.
Ronaldinho, who last played for Brazilian outfit Fluminense in 2015, was arrested along with Roberto on March 6, but denied using a forged passport, with the 2002 World Cup winner insisting he didn’t know he had committed an offence.
His own lawyer Adolfo Marin said the former player had been ‘stupid’ and criticised the courts for not taking into account his mistake.
At the height of his football career he won one Ballon d’Or and two FIFA World Player of the Year awards, clinching two LaLiga titles and a Champions League crown with Barcelona, and also lifted the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.
At the height of his career, Ronaldinho was one of the most gifted players in world football
His jailing was a huge fall from…