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Ronaldinho to pay love child

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:53 IST
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Brazilian football star Ronaldinho will have to pay $9,350 in monthly child support to a two-year-old son he had in an affair with a dancer.

Judge Antonio Duarte in Rio de Janeiro said the amount of child support was temporary and ordered an evaluation of Ronaldinho's financial situation before setting a final figure, Brazilian daily O Estado de Sao Paulo reported on Tuesday, citing a Monday ruling.

Brazilian courts usually give the child 15-40 percent of the father's income, which could be up to $2.4 million per month if Ronaldinho's believed salary of $6 million is confirmed by the court.

When the Brazilian international star heard of the existence of the son, Joao, he had with dancer Janaina Mendes, he spontaneously offered to pay child support, but the daily O Estado said the figure was below the provisional amount established by the magistrate.

The judge said a new hearing would be held in December. Ronaldinho, who plays in Barcelona, was voted World Player of the Year Monday for the second time in a row. He is expected to attend the hearing in person or to send a legal representative.