Ronaldinho retires from professional football
World Cup winner and Brazilian Ronaldinho has retired from football according to his brother and agent.
Ronaldinho once said about retirement:
“if there’s a team that would want me without the training, it’s still possible to play.”
Whether there is no team that will take him on without training or if he just decided to throw the towel in anyway, it looks like we have seen the last of Ronaldinho in professional football.
The Brazilian maestro started out playing futsal. Later he played football and first caught the eye of the media at age 13 when he scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against a local team.
He spent most of his football career at European cubs like PSG, FC Barcelona, and AC Milan. He played 441 games and scored 167 goals in Europe. His signature move was the ‘elastico’ which he copied from Brazilian legend Rivellino.
During Ronaldinho’s glittering career, he racked up an impressive collection of trophies and accolades including:
- 820 games played in total
- 312 goals scored in total
- 185 assists in total
- Capped 97 times for Brazil scoring 33 goals
- Won the World Cup in 2002
- Won Serie A title with AC MIlan
- Won two La Liga titles with FC Barcelona in 2004 & 2005
- Won the UEFA Champions League in 2005
- Won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2004 and 2005
- Won the Ballon d’Or in 2005
Renown for his flambouyant style of football, one major highlight of Ronaldinho’s career took place in the Santiago Bernabéu in 1983 when he received a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans upon scoring twice. He became only the second Barcelona player, after Diego Maradona to receive this extraordinary attention from FC Barcelona’s fiercest rival.