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Brazil legend Ronaldinho quits football


The extraordinary career of Ronaldinho Gaucho has come to an end, his brother and representative Assis has confirmed, Marca reports.

Currently working as an ambassador for Barcelona, the 37-year-old admitted in a recent interview that he felt too old for football and he has decided that now is the right time to walk away from the sport he has given so much too.

“He does not want to play professionally anymore,” his brother Assis told UOL Esporte.

“There is no (tribute match) arranged right now, but I’m sure we’ll do one after the World Cup.”

Ronaldinho last played professionally for Fluminense in 2015, having previously represented Gremio, PSG, Barcelona, Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Queretaro.

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.

Roberto Assis confirmed the news of his brother’s decision in a column for Brazil media outlet O Globo and revealed plans for farewell tribute events following the 2018 World Cup.

“He has stopped, it is ended,” Assis said. “Let’s do something pretty big and nice (for his farewell) 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.”

Assis, who confirmed sponsors Nike would also be involved in Ronaldinho’s farewell events, added: “The fact that he has been Barcelona’s ambassador for 10 years makes it a lot easier out there. He is wanted there and here (back in Brazil).”

Ronaldinho started his career with Gremio before moving to Paris St Germain in 2001. After leaving Barcelona, the Brazilian also had a spell at AC Milan where he won the Serie A title in 2010/11.

Ronaldinho shot to stardom with his silky skills and joyful approach to the game after joining Barcelona in 2003


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