Ronaldinho: Brazilian World Cup winner retires from football – Announced by his brother
Even though Ronaldinho stopped playing professional football in 2005, it’s now that his brother and agent Roberto Assis has confirmed that the Brazilian legend has retired.
The 37-year-old won every Major tournament on the planet, be it the Champions League or the World Cup. Ronaldinho has not played for a professional team since leaving Fluminense in 2015.
Roberto Assis confirmed the news of his brother’s decision in a media outlet O Globo.
“He has stopped, it is ended,” Assis said. “Let’s do something pretty big and nice after the Russia World Cup, probably in August. We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.”
Ronaldinho was one of the most versatile player of his generation. His ability play as midfielder and forward made him one of the important player for the clubs he played and the national team. He began with Grêmio in his home country, before moving to Europe with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001. He played for two of the biggest clubs in Europe, AC Milan, and Barcelona.
In an impressive career, Ronaldinho also won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. He had also won the Balon d’Or in 2005. He was also named in the FIFA 100 compiled by legendary Brazilian striker Pele in 2004.
Ronaldinho was one of the instrumental figures in the Brazilian squad in 2006 World Cup. The Champions footballer alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup.
Ronaldinho career is one of the most inspiring careers for a footballer. His skills and match-winning abilities made him a prized possession. He had his downfalls like other players but his performance in his prime helped him win a lot of trophies. A true legend for the game has become the inspiration for many footballers across the globe.
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