Ronaldinho Reportedly Wants to Come Out of Retirement and Play for Maradona at Gimnasia

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Ronaldinho has not played professionally since his stint at Fluminense in 2015 | NORBERTO DUARTE/Getty Images

Ronaldinho is reportedly considering coming out of retirement to play under Diego Maradona at Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata next season.

The 40-year-old former Barcelona star has not played professionally since 2015 when he plying his trade at Brazilian club Fluminense.

But Argentina's version of Marca cites reports in El Dia that Maradona is keen to include him in his squad after he was reportedly informed by the Brazil World Cup winner that he is open to the move.

However, the biggest stumbling block to his potential move is the fact that Ronaldinho is still being detained in Paraguay following his arrest in the South American nation in March.

Ronaldinho has been under house arrest in the Paraguayan capital Asunción, in the Hotel Palmaroga, with the coronavirus pandemic slowing the process down.

The former Brazil international and his brother Roberto de Assis, who is also his business manager, were jailed on 5 March for using fake passports, as reported by Marca.

33 days later, it was confirmed that, following the $1.6m bail money being deposited, the pair left the jail and are now both under house arrest in a hotel in Asuncion – the capital of Paraguay.

Last summer, as Diario AS outlined, the former forward had 57 properties seized and owes more than €2m to the Brazilian state over unpaid taxes and fines, while his Brazilian and Spanish passports were confiscated.