HELP! RONALDINHO HAS JUST £5 IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT!
These are certainly not the best of times for Brazilian Football legend Ronaldinho.
Ronaldinho’s financial woes have taken a new blow – after luxury cars and artwork were seized by authorities.
The Former Barcelona star and his brother are being chased by officials amid claims he owes money for fines levied against the player’s charity.
The 38-year-old had his passport confiscated last month after state prosecutors who were attempting to recover money from him found just £5in his bank account.
And now police in Brazil have raided a Ronaldinho family home to seize valuable assets in a bid to guarantee the superstar pays the fines that are due.
Officers secured two BMWs and a Mercedes Benz from the property as they attempted to recover funds to meet a fine accrued by his charitable institute.
The Brazilian Prosecutor of Justice and Defence of the Environment seized the
three luxury cars and a piece of art from the painter Andre Berardo from a house owned by Ronaldinho’s family in Porto Alegre.
BMW Seized by authorities
Ronaldinho’s family lawyer, Sergio Queiroz, confirmed the cars and the painting had been seized and said he will hold a meeting with the Environmental Prosecutor Ana Marchesan in the coming days to try and resolve the issue.
According to the Brazilian Public Ministry, the ex-player’s brother Assis Moreira and the Ronaldinho Gaucho Institute, which helps children and teenagers, were found guilty of environmental damage by the Court of Justice of Rio Grande do Sul in 2013.
They were found to have cut down the native forest and carried out drainage and land movement without a licence.
Earlier this month, prosecutors seized Ronaldinho and his brother Assis’ passports after claiming they were impossible to contact regarding the payment of a £1.75million debt.
Ronaldinho’s lawyer said he would appeal the decision and the case is ongoing.