Ronaldinho showed he has got his famous smile back as he recorded a special message for the family of his prison football team-mate.
The Brazilian, 40, has grown a beard since he was thrown behind bars for allegedly trying to enter Paraguay with a fake passport.
Former Paraguay striker Nelson Cuevas raised serious concerns as he claimed Ronaldinho was “sad” in jail.
But the 2002 World Cup winner showed off his trademark toothy grin as he filmed a clip from inside of the prison.
The 40-year-old sent a message intended for the family of his new prison pal and football team-mate, identified as jailed police officer Pablo Cesar Morales.
Speaking in Spanish, Ronaldinho said: “Hi everyone, hello to the Morales family.
“I’m here with my companion, my attacker, Pablo.
“He plays very well. We’re together and we’re going to play again very soon.”
Ronaldinho showed off his new look as he wore a black vest and beanie hat – even though temperatures in Asuncion are reaching around 29 degrees.
The former Barcelona star was last filmed as he rolled back the years while playing a game of footvolley in jail.
But Ronaldinho and his team-mate lost a doubles match against two inmates convicted of robbery and murder.
And he stole the show when he scored five goals and made six assists during a prison futsal match last month.