Speaking to Paraguayan newspaper ABC, Ronaldinho opened up for the first time about his time spent in jail in Paraguay.

The 40-year-old and his brother were arrested on March 6 after entering Paraguay with false passports.

The former Barcelona star admitted it has been a difficult couple of months. “Finding out I was going to prison hit me hard. I never imagined I would be in a situation like this – it was a very tough blow. I came to Paraguay to launch an online casino and a book. Everything we do is under the contracts my brother manages.”

We were absolutely surprised to learn that the documents we had weren’t legal. From that moment on, our intention was always to collaborate with the courts to clarify the facts. I always had my faith and I always pray for things to go well. Hopefully, this will all end soon.”

The Brazilian also spoke about the prison personnel. “They welcomed me with kindness. We played football, I signed autographs and posed for photos. That is part of my life, I would have no reason to stop doing it here.”

Ronaldinho is currently under house arrest and has been warned he could remain under house arrest in Paraguay for several more months before a decision is taken on whether to put him on trial.