Messi slams Ronaldinho 'fake news'

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FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has responded to claims he paid the bail money for his former teammate Ronaldininho, who was released from prison this week.

The former Brazil star and his brother were released on Tuesday from a Paraguayan prison and was subsequently placed on house arrest.

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A report from TNT Sports claimed that Messi had came up with the money to free Ronaldinho this week, who was initially arrested for allegedly having a fake passport.

The payment of £1.3million was made by the lawyers of Ronaldinho and his brother, although the payment which came out of nowhere, after a previous application of bail was denied, has led some to question where the funds came from.

Messi, however, took to Instagram to deny claims about paying Ronaldinho's bail money this week.

The Argentine also took note of another story from TNT about his former club Newell Old Boys.

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"What they said in this same newspaper about Newell's (Old Boys) a few weeks ago was also false," Messi posted on social media along with a screenshot of TNT Sports' tweet.

"Thank goodness that nobody believes them anymore."