The court of Rio Grande do Sul has reportedly ordered Ronaldinho’s and his brother’s passport to be seized over the unpaid debts of a whopping £1.75million (two million euros), after only £5 (six euros) were found in the footballer’s bank accounts.
Spanish news outlet Marca quotes that the Barcelona star and his brother – Roberto Assis Moreira – were recently fined for over some illegal construction in a protected area. Ronaldinho did try paying off the debt by mortgaging his property, but a high rate of interest spurned his plans. A statement from the judge was quoted by ESPN as,
Although photographed routinely in different parts of the world, corroborating the intense international traffic through the collection of certificates of migratory movements, the applicants, curiously, in their country of origin, have an uncertain and/or unknown whereabouts. (…), I determine the immediate apprehension of the passports of the aggravated by the competent authorities, which must be officiated from the present, with additional order to include a restriction of the new issue until the fulfillment of the obligation determined in the execution sentence “.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian’s lifestyle is extremely contrary to what his accounts are stating.
As per the aforementioned source, the UEFA Champions League winner with Barcelona had travelled to China and Japan in recent weeks for some advertising reasons. Apart from this, he has also been travelling to Europe and Africa for the same, while has seen Nike launching a range of shoes in his honour; something according to the judge would bring him enough capital.
A brand ambassador of betting firm Betika, Ronaldinho was all set to visit Kenya in a few days time for a three-day visit, but the recent events might see his plans getting cancelled. Meanwhile, he is also set to be a part of The Game of Champions’ friendly in Frankfurt on November 17. His team “Ronaldinho and friends” XI will take on “Rene Adler All-Stars” in a charity game to help disadvantaged children.