Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho has had 57 properties seized and his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes and fines.
According to Brazilian newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, Ronaldinho was fined 9.5 million reais (£2.06m) for illegally building a pier at his lake house in the city of Porto Alegre.
Ronaldinho is also being pursued by creditors seeking to recover £1.69 million in other debts, such as council taxes.
A judge in Porto Alegre told the Reuters news agency that because the case was under judicial secrecy rules, no details of the newspaper report could be confirmed or denied.
Ronaldinho’s net worth is estimated at £80-100 million and he is reported to charge around £150,000 for a single promoted Instagram post.
His former Brazilian teammate, Cafu, is similarly facing financial problems, having had various apartments he owns in Brazil seized by the authorities.
Ronaldinho was the 2004 and 2005 World Player of the Year during his time at Barcelona where he won the LaLiga and the Champions League.
He was also in the Brazilian squad that won the 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup, scoring two goals.