Ronaldinho has 57 properties along with passports seized over unpaid debts

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RONALDINHO has had 57 real estate properties seized over unpaid taxes and other debts.

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DEBTS: Ronaldinho has property seized and passports taken (Pic: GETTY)

The Brazilian legend has also had Spanish and Brazilian passports confiscated after he was hit with a financial penalty for allegedly illegally building a pier at his lake-side home in Porto Alegre.

Folha de Sao Paulo has said that the twice World Player of the Year was fined £2.6million for the work done and he has not paid the amount.

At the same time Ronaldinho is being pursued by creditors seeking to recover £1.69million in other debts including council taxes.

A Porto Alegre judge has told Reuters that the case came under judicial secrecy rules and no details of the Folha de Sao Paulo report could be confirmed or denied.

Ronaldinho’s lawyer has denied the former Barcelona forward’s assets were under restriction but told Folha de Sao Paulo that he could not comment on details of the case.

Fellow Brazil star Cafu has reportedly had similar problems with the Brazil authorities over paying debts and having property seized.

Ronaldinho retired from football in 2015 after a sparkling career where he won the World Cup in 2002.

He produced his best club form for Barcelona were he was instrumental in turning their fortunes around under coach Frank Rijkaard and setting them on the road to a golden age in their history.

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LEGEND: Ronaldinho was a star performer for Brazil and Barcelona (Pic: GETTY)

A magical footballer, he is remembered as an entertainer who always had a smile on his face. 

Ronaldinho helped Barcelona to win the Champions League in 2006 against Arsenal and after that his off-field excesses began to catch up on him.

He left Barca for Milan in 2008 where he played for three seasons before wrapping up his career back in Brazil.

Ronaldinho’s net worth is estimated at £80-100million and he is reported to charge around £150,000 for a single promoted Instagram post.   

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