Renowned former Barcelona and AC Milan football legend, Ronaldinho, is reportedly in the midst of potential property seizures in Brazil as part of efforts to settle alleged tax debts. According to reports from Mail Online, tax authorities have initiated a valuation of his real estate holdings in Rio de Janeiro and his home state of Rio Grande do Sul, aiming to recover any outstanding funds owed by the retired footballer.
The identified properties are located in the western part of Rio and Xangri-La, a municipality situated approximately 80 miles south of Porto Alegre, Ronaldinho’s birthplace.
Tax inspectors, faced with an absence of funds in the footballer’s bank accounts, have redirected their focus towards seizing Ronaldinho’s properties, as revealed by Brazilian media reports.
This financial scrutiny follows incidents in November 2018, where Brazilian officials seized luxury cars and artwork belonging to the 43-year-old, citing alleged debts related to fines imposed on his charity. A month prior, his passport was confiscated after state prosecutors, engaged in a separate case involving illegal construction in a protected area, discovered a mere five pounds in his bank account.
The culmination of these financial challenges led to Ronaldinho spending a month in prison in Paraguay, followed by four additional months under house arrest in a hotel in the capital, Asuncion. This legal saga unfolded after he entered the country in March 2020 using a fake passport.