Football legend Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as “Ronaldinho Gaucho” may not be able to travel to Kenya this month as his passport was siezed by the Brazilian government.
According to the Bleachers report the star owes the State 2.2 Million Euros for building a fishing platform in Guiaba River which is a protected area and therefore illegal.
A court in Rio Grande Do Sul ordered that his passport be seized.
Tax authority deprived Ronaldinho of his passport due to debts towards Brazilian state
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 2, 2018
Some twitter users defended the brazilian legend pointing out what he has done to the society,
I'm sure he has citizenship elsewhere? I thought he built hospitals and helped charity in brasil
— Steven Verhoeven (@steverhoeven) November 2, 2018
Ronaldinho was scheduled to come to Nairobi on November 9 on a three-day visit courtesy of a betting firm he is associated with. He was also scheduled to grace a grass roots football match in Kisumu County and mentor upcoming footballers.
The founder of WebSummit conference in Lisbon, Portugal is one of those who announced the unavailability of Ronaldinho as he was scheduled to headline the popular tech summit.
— Paddy Cosgrave (@paddycosgrave) November 3, 2018