A Humble Human & Legend, Ronaldinho Gaucho Officially Retires 2018!

Where do you start, Ronaldinho the famous R10 known worldwide and by just hearing his name instantly brings a smile to your face, you can also visualise one of his greatest goals or passes. On the football pitch, school playground, back gardens from 2002 onwards to 2018 people would try to emulate this great mans playing style have his name on their shirts and children pretend to be him whilst playing football. All this combined with his trophies from personal, club and country and his legendary revolutionary playing style always fair and with a smile on his face makes this man one of the greatest players of all time up there with Pele and co.

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The 37-year-old, who also won the Champions League and Ballon d’Or in a glittering career, has not played for a professional team since leaving Fluminense in 2015. Last July, Ronaldinho said on the sidelines of a friendly in Chechnya that was he was “too old” to return to action. Roberto Assis confirmed the news of his brother’s decision in a column for the Brazilian media outlet O Globo and revealed plans for farewell tribute events after the 2018 World Cup – three years after Ronaldinho’s last club game. He began with Grêmio in his home country, before moving to Europe with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001. His performances alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo at the 2002 World Cup drew interest from Europe’s elite clubs, and he joined Barcelona in 2003. After Sir Alex Ferguson made a try to acquire his services Ronaldinho said himself he was close to joining Manchester United before going to Barca, what would that have been like for the Premier League terrifying for the defenders. His five-year spell at the Camp Nou was the pinnacle of his club career, where he won two league titles, the 2005 Ballon d’Or and the 2006 Champions League. After huge success, Ronaldinho reportedly lost focus at Barcelona according to the clubs hierarchy and was sold to Milan as Pep Guardiola replaced Frank Rijkaard as manager. The playmaker also experienced disappointment on the international stage, disappointing at the 2006 World Cup and missing out on selection in 2010, despite a resurgence in form that helped Milan win the Serie A title in 2010-11. It was an outrage that the Brazil team / coaches and staff snubbed him at this time after all he had done for them. Making Brazil cool again. Ronaldinho then returned to Brazil at the end of that season, and wound finish his club career at Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro like most superstar Brazilian players often do go back to finish their careers in their homeland where they started off the prominence.

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Ronaldinho Teams Played for / Stats 

Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Grêmio 52 (21)
2001–2003 Paris Saint-Germain 55 (17)
2003–2008 Barcelona 145 (70)
2008–2011 Milan 76 (20)
2011–2012 Flamengo 33 (15)
2012–2014 Atlético Mineiro 48 (16)
2014–2015 Querétaro 25 (8)
2015 Fluminense 7 (0)
Total 441 (167)

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Ronaldinho Honours

Club

Paris Saint-Germain
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2001
Barcelona
  • La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006
  • UEFA Champions League: 2005–06
Milan
  • Serie A: 2010–11
Atlético Mineiro
  • Copa Libertadores: 2013
  • Recopa Sudamericana: 2014

International

Brazil
  • Copa America: 1999
  • FIFA World Cup: 2002
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005
  • FIFA U-17 World Championship: 1997

Individual

  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 1999
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe: 1999
  • South American Team of the Year: 1999
  • Bola de Prata: 2000, 2011, 2012
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002
  • Onze de Bronze: 2002, 2004
  • Ligue 1 Goal of The Year: 2003
  • La Liga Best Foreign Player: 2003–04, 2005–06
  • Trofeo EFE: 2003–04
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2004, 2005
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006
  • World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year: 2004, 2005
  • UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2004–05
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Ball: 2005
  • Ballon d’Or: 2005
  • Onze d’Or: 2005
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2005, 2006
  • FIFA World XI: 2005, 2006, 2007
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2005–06
  • La Liga top assist provider: 2005–06
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2005–06
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2006
  • Onze d’Argent: 2006
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Bronze award: 2006
  • Golden Boot: 2009
  • Serie A top assist provider: 2009–10
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Fan’s Player: 2012
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top assist provider: 2012
  • Bola de Ouro: 2012
  • Copa Libertadores top assist provider: 2012, 2013

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The Bottom Line 

There is no doubt this is a very sad day for football and for fans worldwide no matter what country or club supported, as it is inevitable players will get old and retire but to never see Ronaldinho play again in the top leagues or the champions League or world Cup mesmerizing us, is very sad to think about. He shall never be forgotten both for his charity work, stopping and always making sure fans would have signatures pictures and cuddles and for being a total player in a league of his own a true Winner @ Life, Good-bye Ronaldinho R10,……. JOGA BONITO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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