Ronaldinho Faces Financial Troubles

Court seizes 57 properties from famous football star

SĆ£o Paulo and Porto Alegre

Since retiring from football in 2015, Ronaldinho GaĆŗcho has accumulated enough debt to have 57 of his properties seized.

The former player, elected twice the best in the world, has 57 properties in arrears, 4 of them by the Rio Grande do Sul Court because of a  R$ 9.5 million environmental fine.  

In total, Ronaldinho owes  R $ 9.91 million in property tax and urban land tax (TCL), the city of Porto Alegre told Folha through its tax audit of the revenue.

Ronaldinho Gaucho (Foto: Zo Guimaraes/Folhapress, MONICA BERGAMO)

The former player also owes R$793 thousand in federal taxes. The court took his two passports - he has Spanish citizenship - so he cannot leave Brazil.

In July, the former athlete's defense appealed to try to retrieve the Spanish passport. He said the retention was an "abusive, arbitrary and unfounded" attitude.

The origin of the real estate seizure is an inquiry initiated by the Environmental Prosecutor's Office in 2009. The objective was to investigate environmental damage caused by him, his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira and Reno ConstruƧƵes e IncorporaƧƵes.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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