Ronnie Brunswijk has been a lot of things over his 60 years. Son of subsistence farmers from one of the poorest regions of one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Handpicked bodyguard of a military dictator. A Robin Hood-type character who was convicted of bank robbery and revered for his handouts to the poor. A convicted drug trafficker in two European countries. Father to at least 50 children, according to the New York Times. And, as of last year, vice president of Suriname.
He also is the owner of a soccer team called Inter Moengotapoe, which competes in the top division of Suriname’s professional ranks.