Ronaldinho has passport seized and just £5 in bank account after failure to pay £1.7m fine

Prosecutors found a nominal amount at the former Brazil and Barcelona star’s disposal despite the large fine he was slapped with three years ago

A court in Brazil has seized the passports of Ronaldinho and his brother over their failure to pay a fine for building on an environmental protection area.

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The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star and his brother, Roberto, were convicted of illegal construction in February 2015 and ordered to pay 8.5 million Brazilian Real (£1.7m).

Along with company Reno Constructions and Incorporations Ltd., they were found to have built a sugar mill with a fishing platform and a pier in a permanent preservation area on Lake Guaíba without permission.

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