The Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from soccer, his brother and agent Roberto Assis has confirmed.
The 37-year-old, who additionally received the Champions League and Ballon d’Or in a glittering profession, has not performed for an expert workforce since leaving Fluminense in 2015.
Final July, Ronaldinho mentioned on the sidelines of a pleasant in Chechnya that was he was “too previous” to return to motion.
Roberto Assis confirmed the information of his brother’s choice in a column for the Brazilian media outlet O Globo and revealed plans for farewell tribute occasions after the 2018 World Cup – three years after Ronaldinho’s final membership recreation.
“He has stopped, it’s ended,” Assis mentioned. “Let’s do one thing fairly massive and good after the Russia World Cup, most likely in August.
We are going to do numerous occasions in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, in fact, we’re arranging one thing with the Brazilian workforce as properly.”
Ronaldinho’s versatility meant he excelled as an attacking midfielder, winger and ahead all through his profession.
He started with Grêmio in his dwelling nation, earlier than transferring to Europe with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.
His performances alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo on the 2002 World Cup drew curiosity from Europe’s elite golf equipment, and he joined Barcelona in 2003.
His five-year spell on the Camp Nou was the head of his membership profession, the place he received two league titles, the 2005 Ballon d’Or and the 2006 Champions League.
After a interval of big success, Ronaldinho reportedly misplaced focus at Barcelona and was bought to Milan as Pep Guardiola changed Frank Rijkaard as supervisor.
The playmaker additionally skilled disappointment on the worldwide stage, disappointing on the 2006 World Cup and lacking out on choice in 2010, regardless of a resurgence in type that helped Milan win the Serie A title in 2010-11.
Ronaldinho returned to Brazil on the finish of that season, and wound down his membership profession at Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro and Fluminense, in addition to a quick spell in Mexico with Querétaro. He earned the final of his 98 Brazil caps in opposition to Chile in April 2013.