The Brazilian government appointed legendary soccer player and World Cup champion Ronaldinho Gaucho as Brazil’s tourism ambassador, despite both his Brazilian and Spanish passport have been confiscated and he’s not allowed to renew them.
The government announced Ronaldinho’s new position on Thursday.
Critics say this is just a move to increase President Bolsonaro’s popularity since Ronaldinho is one of the most famous players in Brazil’s history and he can’t even leave the country.
Back in July, the Brazilian High Court decided to revoke the legendary soccer player’s Spanish and Brazilian passports, a decision that was ratified on Tuesday by the Federal Superior Court.
The former Barcelona player, who publicly supported Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro during the presidential campaign, will be part of a new program called Rei do Role, which main goal is to encourage tourists to send in their videos about the South American nation.
Apparently, the three winners of this competition will be invited to spend 30 days in Brazil and will have the opportunity of knowing the country with the legendary soccer star as their guide.
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