Ronaldinho has passport seized in Brazil as football star's legal troubles rage | Daily Star – Daily Star


Footie icon Ronaldinho has been ordered to hand over his passport after being scheduled to appear at the Dubai International Sports Conference this week.

Brazilian judge Newton Fabricio reportedly demanded that Ronaldinho and his brother and agent Roberto Assis Moreira have their passports taken off them.

The former Barcelona forward will not be allowed to travel to the United Arab Emirates this week.

Brazil’s Public Ministry said the Ronaldinho Gaucho Institute, which tends to children and teenagers in the city, was found guilty of environmental damage by the Court of Justice of Rio Grande do Sul in 2015.

Prosecutors said Ronaldinho and his brother Assis were impossible to contact regarding the payment of the 8.5-million-BRL (£1.75 million) fine.

“The guilty party is clearly mocking the law in front of Brazilian society and the world”

Prosecutor Brasilino Pereira dos Santos

The judge said the passports should be seized in November, but Ronaldinho was out of the country.

He returned to the country before the Christmas period, and the court fight has now reignited.

Prosecutor Brasilino Pereira dos Santos said: “It seems we are dealing with a situation where the guilty party is clearly mocking the law in front of Brazilian society and the world.”

Prosecutors recently seized three luxury cars and a piece of art from the painter Andre Berardo from a house owned by Ronaldinho’s family.

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RONALDINHO: The Brazilian footballer is facing a new round of legal trouble (Pic: GETTY)

They claimed they only found 24.63 BRL (5 GBP) in the former Barcelona star’s bank account.

Ronaldinho was due to attend the 13th Dubai International Sports Conference.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Brazil legend Ronaldo feature on the list of speakers at the event.

The footie star was also present at last year’s World Cup – appearing during the closing ceremony playing a drum.

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BRAZIL: Ronaldinho is a two-time FIFA world player of the year (Pic: GETTY)

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FOOTBALL: Ronaldinho has had his passport taken away by the authorities (Pic: GETTY)

Ronaldinho, 36, confirmed his retirement from football earlier this year through his agent.

Assis Moreira said: “He has stopped, it is ended. Let’s do something pretty big and nice after the Russia World Cup, probably in August.

“We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.”

The footie legend played for Barcelona and AC Milan, and also won two FIFA World Play of the Year awards in 2004 and 2005.


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