Brazilian legend Ronaldinho announces retirement

19 January, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Ronaldinho claimed the 2005 Ballon d'Or during a trophy-laden spell at Barcelona

And Roberto Assis, who is Ronaldinho's agent and brother, announced the news.

Following the announcement of Brazil legend Ronaldinho's retirement from the handsome game, KickOff.com maps the 37-year-old's glittering career, which spans two decades.

The former Barcelona star, part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 - a year after having collected the Ballon d'Or. "We're going to do something pretty big, something cool, after the World Cup in Russian Federation, probably in August", he said.

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The extraordinary career of Ronaldinho Gaucho has come to an end, his brother and representative Assis has confirmed, Marca reports. He later moved to the Gremio senior team in 1998 and then went to Europe to play for French club Paris St-Germain in 2001.

Tributes are pouring in torrents following the announced retirement of Barcelona and Brazil global Ronaldo de Assis Moreira popularly called Ronaldinho.

Before Lionel Messi was dominating football in a Barcelona shirt, there was Ronaldinho. "Of course, we're also arranging something with the Brazil national team as well." he added.

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The 37-year-old achieved every accolade available in the sport including the World Cup, the Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.

A catalyst for millions of young fans to try to emulate his quick feet and outrageous skill, he won back-to-back FIFA World Player of the Year Awards in 2004 and 2005.

The Brazilian superstar was the catalyst for the Blaugrana reclaiming their place at the top of world football after several poor years under Louis van Gaal.

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Neymar says Ronaldinho's artistic style may never be matched after the Barcelona and Brazil icon's retirement from football was confirmed.

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