Former Barcelona & Brazil International Ronaldinho Retires

Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, confirmed his brother and agent Roberto de Assis Moreira.

Speaking to the Associated Press, his brother hinted that Ronaldinho called time on his career to focus on becoming a football ambassador, among other ventures such as charity work and music.

“Ronnie’s professional career is over. He wants to be a football ambassador, do charity, and work with his friends in music from now on.”

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The 37 year-old’s career was glittered with trophies and accolades. He made his senior national team debut in a 3-0 victory against Latvia at the age of 19 under Vanderlei Luxemburgo. He went on to make 98 appearances, scoring 33 goals, the last of which came against Bolivia in 2013. He won all available silverware at a senior international level for Brazil, including a Copa América title in 1999, a FIFA World Cup title in 2002 and a FIFA Confederations Cup title in 2005, as well as a FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

In 2005, Ronaldinho won the FIFA Ballon D’Or after helping Barcelona win La Liga and the Supercopa de España. He became the third Brazilian to win the award, following former international teammates Ronaldo and Rivaldo.

Ronaldinho won the 2005 FIFA Ballon D’Or. Image from: AP

The Brazilian then completed a league and UEFA Champions League double with the Catalans, the following season, which was subsequently followed by another Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldinho’s successful exploits in the Champions League saw him named as UEFA’s Best Player in Europe in 2006. The midfielder made 198 appearances for the Catalonian outfit, scoring 91 times and assisting on 52 occasions.

Ronaldinho celebrates winning the 2006 UEFA Champions League with Barcelona. Image from: AP

Ronaldinho then moved to Milan in 2008, where he won a Serie A title in 2011. After an almost 15-month spell at Rio de Janeiro side Flamengo, the Brazilian joined Atlético Mineiro, where he won the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores in 2013, and in doing so, became the seventh player in history to win both the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores. The Brazilian won the South American Supercup (Recopa Sudamericana), the following season.

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Ronaldinho became the seventh player in history to win both the UEFA Champions League and the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores. Image from: Atlético Mineiro’s Website

Ronaldinho played his last professional match for Fluminense in September 2015, with his last goal, a freekick in the Mexcian Liguilla Clausura Quarter-final, Second-leg for Querétaro FC against Veracruz in May 2015.


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