Today's Birthday 21/3

Gus McCubbing
One of football's most decorated stars, Brazil's Ronaldinho, is being celebrated as he turns 40

Today's Birthday, March 21: Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho (1980 - )

On the eve of his 40th birthday, Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho was behind bars for allegedly entering Paraguay with a fake passport.

One of football's most decorated stars of all time, he won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006, and was twice voted FIFA world player of the year in 2004 and 2005.

But after losing an appeal to be released into house arrest 10 days ago, Ronaldinho Gaucho and his brother Roberto Assis face up to six months in a maximum security prison while being investigated for using false Paraguayan passports.

The former Barcelona and AC Milan star was born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira in Porto Alegre in the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil.

His father died when he was eight. His brother Roberto - also an ex-professional player - was his manager until his retirement in January 2018.

Ronaldinho first commanded the media spotlight at 13, when he scored all 23 goals for his local team.

He made his debut appearance for Brazil playing against Scotland in an under 15s match in 1995.

In 1998 he made his first appearance with domestic club Gremio in the Libertadores Cup.

Applauded for his ball skills, ability to score and showmanship, the rising star was dubbed Ronaldinho, or Little Ronaldo, by a prominent Brazilian commentator in 1999 after scoring a memorable goal for his country as a teenager.

He was signed to Paris Saint-Germain in 2001 and after a stellar performance at the 2002 World Cup, where Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 in the final, Ronaldinho was snapped up by Barcelona.

He scored 70 goals in 145 matches for Barcelona, including seven in the club's 2006 UEFA championship-winning campaign.

He remains one of only eight male players in the history of the game to win all three of the FIFA World Cup, the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.

In May 2018 it was reported that Ronaldinho planned to marry his two live-in girlfriends Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza. His 15-year-old son, Joao Mendes, signed a five-year training contract with Brazilian club Cruzeiro in 2019.