RIO DE JANEIRO, 9 November. / Tass /. The Brazilian state court of Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of the country, ordered the seizure of the 2002 world champion passport, the holder of the Ronaldinho gold ball. As it became known on Friday at the UOL portal, the 38 year old Brazilian is in arrears in the payment of taxes and in his accounts in Brazilian banks are stored less than $ 10.
In the local administration of finance, to which the tax service is subject, they have clarified that at least 19 real estate properties have been registered in the state capital, Porto Alegre, for which there are expired tax debts for a total of at least 1.8 BRL million (about $ 480 thousand). For some of them, taxes have not been paid in the last 15 years.
In addition, Ronaldinho and his older brother were convicted by a court of 8.5 million reais (over $ 2.2 million) for violating environmental regulations while building a pier on the lake where the family's home is located of the football player.
As explained by the lawyer Ronaldinho, Sergio Queiroz, the defense of the player is currently "engaged in the coordination of the payment program for arrears". The player himself, it seems, is not too worried about the prospect of being left without a passport, although this week he managed to visit three continents simultaneously, visiting Japan, France and Morocco.
Ronaldinho played for the Brazilian "Gremio", "Flamengo", "Atletico Mineiro", the French "Paris Saint-Germain", the Spanish "Barcelona", the Italian "Milan", the Mexican "Queretaro." The last club midfielder was the Brazilian "Fluminense", for which he played in 2015 year.
As part of Barcelona (2003-08), Ronaldinho won the Champions League, twice winner of the championship and of the Spanish Super Cup; speaking for Milan (2008-11) the player won the Italian championship. In 2004 and 2005, the Brazilian was recognized as the best player in the world according to the International Football Federation (FIFA), and in 2005 he received the Golden Ball award, which at that time was awarded to the best European footballer . As part of the Brazilian national team, Ronaldinho won the 2002 World Champion, the winner of the America & # 39; s Cup, the Confederations Cup and the 2008 bronze medal. Total for the national team, he spent 97 matches and scored 33 goals.