N.Y Daily News:– Former Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho Gaucho objected to rumors that he plans to marry his two fiancees in one civil ceremony this August.
“It’s the biggest lie,” he told Globo Esporte Thursday. “I’m not getting married.”
The rebuttal came a day after O Dia reported that the 38-year-old planned to enter into a civil union with not one, but two women.
Polygamy and bigamy are illegal and punishable by up to six years in prison in Brazil, but civil unions among more than two parties are not unheard of.
“We joke that you can think of the most absurd thing and someone in Brazil has done it,” said Brooklyn-based Brazilian attorney Lucas Rezende.
A county clerk can register a civil union between three people — but that doesn’t mean it’s recognized by the law, he said.
“The civil code says that only two people can enter into a civil union or a marriage. It has no legal significance,” Rezende told the Daily News.
Ronaldinho and his two fiancees, Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza, have been living in his Rio de Janeiro mansion since December, according to O Dia.
He’s juggled the two women since he met Souza in 2016, and has told Brazilian media that he is adept at polyamory.
The former FIFA World Player of the Year said he plans to retire from soccer in January