Brazil Legend Ronaldinho Quits Football

Thursday, 18 Jan, 2018

Brazilian World Cup victor Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, popularly known as Ronaldinho, has retired from football.

Legendary Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho has officially retired from football, the player's brother and agent Roberto Assis has confirmed. It was the end.

"We'll do some events now around Brazil, Europe and Asia".

Having been instrumental in guiding Brazil back to the pinnacle of world football at Korea/Japan 2002, the forward caught the imaginations of the globe with his overwhelmingly-mesmerising invention on the ball.

The 37-year-old champion footballer was part of the Brazilian team which won the 2002 World Cup defeating Germany held in South Korea and Japan.

In all competitions, he played 513 games in which he scored 190 goals and recorded 126 assists. It was during his spell here that Ronaldinho retired from global football, ending his playing career with the Selecao in 2013 with 97 caps to his name.

Flamboyant Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar follows in Ronaldinho's footsteps and the €222million man paid a touching tribute to his former colleague.

One year later and Barcelona pounced on the attacker's services and it was in Catalonia where Ronaldinho's club talents truly shone, helping the team to back-to-back La Liga titles between 2004 and 2006, with the latter campaign including a UEFA Champions League triumph for the double.

Ronaldinho was awarded the "Ballon D'or" in 2005.

A third Barcelona Brazilian to win the FIFA's top individual honour, Rivaldo also claimed the Ballon d'Or for his performances in 1999. He also spent three seasons in Europe with AC Milan between 2008 and 2011.

However, he had already been a sparkling presence in the game for the best part of a decade by then, scoring twice - while still known as "Ronaldo" - as Brazil triumphed at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup 1997. During his time in the home country, he played for Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro, and Fluminense, as well as a brief spell with Querétaro in Mexico.