2012 Summer Transfers: Ronaldinho Set to Sign with Atletico Mineiro

Brandon Boyer@iBrandonBoyerContributor IIIJune 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05:  Ronaldinho of Brazil looks on during the International friendly match between Brazil and Ghana at Craven Cottage on September 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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According to a report from FOX Sports, the famed former Barcelona man, Ronaldinho, is set to sign with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro. This comes a week after having his contract terminated by his former club, Flamengo, for his suing the club for unpaid wages. 

Atletico Mineiro will likely use Ronaldinho to attract a few more players to the middle of the table side, as they have yet to win a trophy since 1997, which came in the Conmebol Cup, a competition they won five years previously in 1992. 

The question has to come up though: If you were in charge of a club, would you sign Ronaldinho?

Sure, he is a two-time former FIFA World Player of the Year, winning it in back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005, but does assume some risk. With this new lawsuit against his former clubs and his various off-the-field problems, a second assessment of his worth is worth it.

There was a bit of speculation of him possibly signing with Palmeiras and even Chinese side, Guangzhou Fuli, but he seems to have turned to the Minas Gerais state champions to play for the remaining of the 2012 Brasileirao season.

It will be interesting to see if this side will be able to pay his wage demands though, because as Fox Sports reported:

"The club admitted it was having difficulties paying for Ronaldinho's salary after ending its partnership with sports marketing group Traffic, which had paid most of his reported $700,000 monthly wages."

The 32-year-old obviously has very high wage demands, even more so now that he is playing outside of the big-spending European market. 

Hopefully the fans of the Galo will be a bit less critical of the now-streaky Brazilian star, as he struggles with fitness and whatever mayhem happens off the field for Ronaldinho. 

Only time will tell for those associated with the Brazilian side. 

As notorious as he is around the world, if you had the choice, where would you like to see Ronaldinho play before he retires from the game of football?


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