Ronaldinho's financial troubles - Judge orders seizure of passport

Ruben Hill
November 7, 2018

A judge in Brazil has called for the World Cup winner's passport be seized so he is unable to leave the country in an attempt to avoid repaying the debt.

The fine was levied three years ago when Ronaldinho and his brother were sanctioned for environmental damage caused by a construction project carried out in a protected area in Porto Alegre.

A judge in Brazil has reportedly ordered the seizure of Ronaldinho's passport with the former Barcelona star having unpaid debts of £1.75million.

A statement from Judge Newton Fabrício read: "The subjects responsible for the depletion of the environment have always been evading compliance with their legal obligations, even though they have the means to settle it and are public figures with high purchasing power able to compensate for the environmental damages that remain fully defaulted".

A magistrate in Rio Grande do Sul has also ordered the confiscation of Ronaldinho's passport, noting: "Despite being regularly photographed in various parts of the world, curiously his whereabouts in his country of origin are uncertain and/or unknown".

Although retired from professional football, Ronaldinho remains sponsored by numerous brands worldwide and has been in Japan and China in recent weeks on endorsement campaigns.

Nike have also recently released a line of shoes with the Brazilian, so you expect that he must have a bit of spare change knocking around.

During his career, Ronaldinho was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles as well as the Champions League.

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