Prison can be a lonely place (I imagine) so it's pretty important to get off on the right foot with your fellow inmates. But how? Share your dessert? Maybe. Hide some contraband for your roommate? Possibly. How about participating in a prison futsal match and playing a key role in your side lifting a 16kg piglet as a trophy?
Yep, that's the one.
And that is exactly what newly incarcerated Ronaldinho did, as he begins to adjust to life in Paraguayan prison following his arrest for attempting to enter the country with a fake passport.
Primera imagen de @10Ronaldinho disputando el campeonato de Futsal de la Agrupación Especializada, donde se encuentra recluido por ingresar a Paraguay con pasaportes falsos.#Dinho #Ronaldinho pic.twitter.com/TTJ5gx0zTz— Santiago Ravidlas (@SantiRavidlasPy) March 13, 2020
But if we ever thought that the inside of a prison cell would wipe the contagious smile off the maestro's face, then we would be sorely mistaken. News outlet Hoy reports that Ronaldinho has been feeling much less dejected of late, and he was even asked to take part in a futsal match by his inmates at the Agrupación Especializada prison. And being the friendly chap he is, the Brazilian politely agreed.
'But who won?'
Well, obviously the team with a World Cup and Ballon d'Or winner in their midst ran out with a comfortable 11-2 victory, and the Brazilian chipped in with just the five goals and six assists. It's safe to say he played his part.
Unfortunately for his opponents, they never really stood a chance at dethroning the king. We can only imagine that having Ronaldinho on your side is similar to having a kick-about in the park as a child, and your friend's scary older brother comes along and humiliates you all.
"Well, it's my ball, so I say he can play with us!"
The former AC Milan man is said to be acclimatising well to his new surroundings, after being called 'stupid' by his lawyer for his recent escapades. Harsh, but possibly fair.
But you can't keep a good man down.
Ronaldinho played a key role in Brazil's World Cup winning side in 2002, and was at the centre of Barcelona's Champions League and domestic title successes over the years. But he truly brought home the bacon for his incarcerated teammates on Saturday, winning the portly pig cup with his five-star display.
You never lose it.