Brazil soccer star Ronaldinho bows out



Ronaldinho, holding the ballon d'or
Ronaldinho, holding the ballon d’or

(Reuters/NAN) Former Brazil and FC Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho, who gained the World Cup, Champions League, Copa Libertadores and World Player of the Year award, is retiring from the sport.

His brother and agent Assis made the announcement on Tuesday.

Ronaldinho, who will probably be 38 in March, has not performed a aggressive match since 2015 bt he had additionally prevented calling a definitive halt to his profession till now.

“He’s stopped. It’s over,” Assis mentioned. “We are going to do something pretty big, something cool, after the World Cup in Russia, probably in August.”

The occasions, more than likely farewell matches, will happen in Brazil, Europe and Asia, and will embody a match with the nationwide staff, Assis mentioned.

Ronaldinho started his profession at Gremio and performed for seven different golf equipment, together with Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Queretaro and Brazilian sides Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Fluminense.

But it was at FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2008 the place he spent his glory years.

He turned in a number of the biggest performances ever seen by the storied Spanish membership, maybe most memorably in a Three-Zero win over Real Madrid on the Bernabeu in 2005.

He helped information the Catalan aspect to the Champions League in 2006, La Liga in 2005 and 2006 and gained the Ballon D’Or in 2005.

Ronaldinho left for Milan in 2008 and gained the scudetto there in 2011, earlier than heading again to Brazil and taking Atletico Mineiro to their first Copa Libertadores title in 2013.

He by no means once more reached the heights he scaled at Barca for extended intervals.

However, he remained a charming presence, recognized for his no-look passes, excellent free kicks and free-wheeling fashion that typified the best way Brazilians play the sport.

He performed 101 instances for Brazil, scoring 35 objectives together with a 40-yard free kick which knocked England out the 2002 World Cup.