Broke Barcelona Legend, Ronaldinho Banned From Leaving Brazil Over Huge Debt

Football legend being dragged through the courts in Brazil amid claims
his charitable foundation owes fines for breaking environmental rules
and has been banned from leaving Brazil by a judge.

The ex-Barcelona is scheduled to appear at the Dubai International Sports Conference this week.

But the 38-year-old has been barred from making the trip to the United Arab Emirates by a court in South America.

Brazilian
judge Newton Fabricio demanded that Ronaldinho and his brother Assis
Moreira have their passports taken off them by authorities.

The
seizure order was made to guarantee the payment of a £1.75million fine
imposed on the pair for breaking environmental construction regulations
four years ago.

They were prosecuted for causing damage to the
environment in the building of the Ronaldinho Gaucho Institute in the
Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.

The charity helps work with young and impoverished people in the city and has been lauded for its work.
But
authorities are still demanding the fine be paid, and prosecutors say
Ronaldinho and his brother have been impossible to pin down over the
money.

When the judge first ordered the passports should be seized in November, Ronaldinho was out of Brazil.
And he continued travelling around the world before eventually returning to his home country for the Christmas period.