Ronaldinho’s Properties Seized, Passports Confiscated over Unpaid Debts

Brazil football great Ronaldinho has had 57 properties seized and his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes and fines, according to reports in Brazil.

The two-time World Player of the Year was fined 9.5m reais (£2.06m) for illegally building a pier at his lake house in the city of Porto Alegre, the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo said.

But as well as the environmental fine, Ronaldinho is also being pursued by creditors seeking to recover £1.69m in other debts, such as council taxes.

According to the Reuters news agency, a judge in Porto Alegre, the forward’s hometown, said because the case was under judicial secrecy rules, no details of the newspaper report could be confirmed or denied.

Ronaldinho was the 2004 and 2005 World Player of the Year and enjoyed the prime of his career at Spanish giants Barcelona.

A mercurial talent, he won the World Cup in 2002 alongside fellow superstar forwards Ronaldo and Rivaldo.

Ronaldinho’s net worth is estimated at £80-100m and he is reported to charge around £150,000 for a single promoted Instagram post.

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