— Ronaldinho: Brazilian World Cup winner retires from football
— Brazil legend Ronaldinho retires from football, says his brother and agent
— Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho announces retirement from football
Former Brazilian professional footballer Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, popularly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho has officially retired from football.
The 37-year-old, who also won the Champions League and Ballon d’Or in a glittering career, has not played for a professional team since leaving Fluminense in 2015. Last July, Ronaldinho said on the sidelines of a friendly in Chechnya that was he was “too old” to return to action.
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 – three years after Ronaldinho’s last club game.
“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 Saint-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 has officially retired from football. Lets remember how good he was in his prime! pic.twitter.com/dD4HEXwofo
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