Ronaldinho tests positive for COVID-19


FILE PHOTO: Former soccer player Ronaldo Assis de Moreira (popularly known as Ronaldinho Gaucho) arrives to a meeting with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (not pictured) at the Planato Palace in Brasilia, Brazil June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former Brazil striker Ronaldinho Gaucho said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating.

The ex-Barcelona and Paris St Germain player was in Belo Horizonte, where he played for local side Atletico Mineiro, when he got his diagnosis.

"I arrived in BH (Belo Horizonte) yesterday, I took the COVID test, I tested positive, I am good, asymptomatic so far,” the two-time FIFA World Player of the year said on Instagram on Sunday.

The former AC Milan, Flamengo and Gremio player said he would remain in a hotel until his condition improved.

The charismatic forward spent a month in a Paraguayan jail with his brother and business manager earlier this year, accused of entering country with a fake passport.

(Reporting by Eduardo Simoes in Sao Paulo; Writing by Andrew Downie in London, ediitng by Pritha Sarkar)

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