Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

'It's over' - Ronaldinho's brother confirms Brazilian legend's retirement

'It's over' - Ronaldinho's brother confirms Brazilian legend's retirement

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. "Let's do something pretty big and nice (for his farewell) after the Russia World Cup, probably in August".

Assis, who also confirmed that Nike would also be involved in his farewell events, added: "The fact that he has been Barcelona's ambassador for 10 years makes it a lot easier out there".

Modern LaLiga history might have panned out very differently if Barcelona president Joan Laporta had managed to secure promised marquee signing David Beckham in 2003.

A short stint in Mexico with Queretaro was followed by another return to his homeland, this time with Fluminense, but 2015 was the last time he played club football.

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But the attacker's vibrant style of play and flair for the game made him football's brightest star in the early 2000s - preceding an era of dominance by his Camp Nou successor Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He started playing at a tender age for Gremio in Porto Alegre before moving to the French capital with Paris Saint Germain where he announced himself to the world and became a fan favourite.

Tributes are pouring in torrents following the announced retirement of Barcelona and Brazil worldwide Ronaldo de Assis Moreira popularly called Ronaldinho.

Soon at the end of that season, Ronaldinho returned to Brazil. He earned the last of his 98 Brazil caps against Chile in April 2013. What he did was just unthinkable.

There's something about the mythology of the man that will make us remember him as a sort of flawed genius or wasted talent - the Chosen One who didn't fulfil the prophecy - but that makes him infinitely cooler.

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