Former world player of the year Ronaldinho (image courtesy Instagram)

A court in Brazil has ordered authorities in the country to seize the passports of former world footballer of the year Ronaldinho and his brother.

It was learned that Justice Newton Fabricio gave the order after a request by public prosecutors.

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The pair were accused of failing to pay a fine resulting from a 2015 court case.

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were fined 8.5 million reais (2.3 million US dollars) after being found guilty of building a fishing platform on the Guaiba river in southern Brazil without the necessary permits.