One of the most popular Brazilian football icon and World Cup winner Ronaldinho has officially retired from world football. The move has come at an odd time, as the Brazilian World Cup winner had not featured in a single game since 2015.
The 37-year-old footballing maestro was part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad. Ronaldinho’s impact on modern day football has been the most significant, as the Brazilian redefined a major portion of solo play in the sport.
Ronaldinho Career Achievements:
- Won the Ballon d’Or in 2005 with Barcelona
- Won the Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona
- Won 2002 World Cup with Brazil
- Won FIFA Player of the Year awards on two occasions (2004, 2005)
- Won 2006 UEFA Champions League with Barcelona
- Won 1999 Copa America
- Won 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
As reported by BBC, Ronaldinho’s brother and agent Roberto Assis confirmed the footballing icon’s retirement on Tuesday. Assis said,
“He (Ronaldinho) has stopped, it is ended.”
“We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.”
Ronaldinho had started his footballing career with Gremio in Brazil, before moving to Paris St-Germain (PSG) in 2001. After spending five record-making seasons at Barcelona and winning two La Liga titles, Ronaldinho also had a stint at AC Milan in 2010-11 season, where he won the Serie A title that year.
Ronaldinho in the later years of his career
In the later years of his career, Ronaldinho hopped constantly between clubs. In 2011, he moved to the Brazilian side – Flamengo – before moving on to play at Atletico Mineiro, Querétaro in Mexico, and Fluminense.
He did not play serious competitive football in the last couple of seasons of his career. His last serious match was a Brazilian league game for Fluminense against Goias in September of 2015, where he didn’t perform and was eventually substituted at halftime.
Well aware that his physicality and pace had gone down, he agreed to terminate his contract with the club when he was 35. The footballing legend’s best days were already in his past.
However, despite of all the later career struggles, it is hard to think of any other player who has played the game as beautifully as Ronaldinho did in his best years. There was no aggressive or arrogant sense to the veteran’s demeanour. He played the game in the fullest sense of the word, which hooked innumerable football fans and lovers to their TV screens till the football icon’s career lasted.