Barcelona's former golden boy hasn't had the best of times since his glory days at the Camp Nou.
Ronaldinho was an absolute sensation at Barcelona, lighting up world football with his audacious passes and quick dribbling. He played with a joy and character that is rarely matched in today's competitive game, but achieved incredible results in the process.
Unfortunately, Ronaldinho couldn't keep up his legendary performances in the Blaugrana shirt, and his decline began in his last season at the Camp Nou. As many of the Rijkaard era players made way for younger Masia products, Ronaldinho looked to reestablish himself at Milan.
Despite the extraordinary anticipation of his arrival there, the move was, by and large, a disappointment.
He had a good spell in the second half of the 2009-10 campaign, but the Brazilian was never able to capture the magical form that made him the best in the world, and after failing to score in the first half of the following season, he moved back to Brazilian football with Flamengo.
After quitting Flamengo in June following a pay dispute, Ronaldinho has been ascendant at his new club, Atletico Mineiro. Whether he can continue his renaissance in Brazilian football remains to be seen, but his prospects for a grand reappearance at next summer's World Cup took a serious blow with his recent exclusion from Brazil's Confederations Cup squad.
Let's hope that Ronaldinho—a true phenomenon when he's in the mood—will once again find his form on the international stage. But given his recent career troubles, that hope seems rather faint.