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Ronaldinho facing financial troubles

Former Barcelona and Brazil forward Ronaldinho has had 57 properties seized over unpaid taxes and fines, according to a Brazilian news report.

The 39-year-old was believed to have been fined 9.5m reais (RM10.34m) for illegally building a pier at his lake house in the city of Porto Alegre.

Environmental fine aside, the twice World Player Of The Year is also being pursued by creditors seeking to recover RM8.48m in other debts, such as council taxes.

Authorities have also confiscated Ronaldinho’s Brazilian and Spanish passports until the cases are resolved, the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo added.

Ronaldinho spent most of his career at European clubs Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and A.C. Milan, winning two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or along the way.

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