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Former Barcelona star, Ronaldinho retires at 37

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Former FC Barcelona star player, Ronaldinho retires at 37

Former Barcelona star and Brazilian Midfielder, Ronaldinho has retired from football.

Football agent Roberto Assis, who also is the brother to the Brazilian star made this known on Tuesday to Brazilian media outlet O Globo.

Ronaldinho, who will be 38 in March, has not played a competitive match since 2015 but he had also avoided calling a definitive halt to his career not until now.

The Former Brazil and FC Barcelona midfielder, who won the World Cup, Champions League, Copa Libertadores and World Player of the Year award, during  a friendly in Chechnya said he was “too old” to return to action.

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

Assis further noted that the event leading to his retirement will likely involve a farewell match which will take place in Europe, Brazil and Asia. It might probably include a match with the national team, Assis added.

History recorded that Ronaldinho began his career at Gremio and played for seven other clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Queretaro and Brazilian sides Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Fluminense.

 

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But then, his glorious years in football was noised abroad while he played with FC Barcelona, 2003 through 2008.

He turned in some of the greatest performances ever seen by the storied Spanish club, perhaps most memorably in a 3-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2005.

He helped guide the Catalan side to the Champions League in 2006, La Liga in 2005 and 2006 and won the Ballon D’Or in 2005.

Ronaldinho left for Milan in 2008 and won the scudetto there in 2011, before heading back to Brazil and taking Atletico Mineiro to their first Copa Libertadores title in 2013.

He played 101 times for Brazil, scoring 35 goals including a 40-yard free kick which knocked England out the 2002 World Cup.

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