According to reports, Lionel Messi has hired lawyers and is about to pay over R72-million to get former Brazilian midfield maestro Ronaldihno Gaucho out of prison for the fake passport lawsuit in Paraguay.
Ronaldinho, the former Brazil and Barcelona soccer star being held in a Paraguayan jail for using a falsified passport, is being investigated for additional crimes, the prosecutor leading the case said on Sunday.
Osmar Legal did not clarify what the crimes were but told the Brazilian news site Globoesporte that “there are indications that other crimes were committed” by Ronaldinho and his brother and business manager, Roberto Assis.
However, Queiroz told reporters earlier in the day that the case presented so far was only about the adulterated passports, and he refused to talk about “suppositions” made in the press.
“The case as it was presented is clear,” Queiroz said. “There is no other point being investigated, you can see that there in the documents.”
He called the brothers’ detention “arbitrary, abusive and illegal”.
But reports in Spain indicate that Barcelona Star Lionel Messi is closely monitoring the issue and has indicated the desire to help where necessary.