Updates from Tuesday, July 29
The Daily Mail reported on Ronaldinho's next chapter after leaving Atletico Mineiro:
Ronaldinho leaves Atletico Miniero, former PSG, Barcelona man to name new club tomorrow http://t.co/Ykb3eq35yV— Daily Mail Football (@MAILfootball) July 29, 2014
Ronaldinho is officially a free agent after it was confirmed that the Brazilian international and Atletico Mineiro have parted company by mutual consent.
The news that player and club have gone their separate ways was reported on Twitter by Eurosport:
BREAKING: Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro and parted company by mutual consent - the player is now a free agent. pic.twitter.com/AXVyXCeubk— Eurosport.com (@EurosportCom_EN) July 28, 2014
The former Barcelona and AC Milan forward leaves the Brazilian club after two years, and will depart as a hero after inspiring the team to glory in the Copa Libertadores and Campeonato Mineiro during his spell there. But at 34 years old, Ronaldinho will be left to ponder his next career move as Mineiro look to have decided that the club should push ahead in a new direction.
Admittedly, Ronaldinho did seem to be aware that he was on his way out of the club. He told his Twitter followers earlier this week that the club “will always be in my heart” (h/t 101GreatGoals.com):
Essa parceria deu muito certo!! Galo vai estar sempre no meu coração!!— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) July 24, 2014
Despite his advancing years, you suspect that a player as influential and—even at this stage of his career—as talented as Ronaldinho will have no shortage of offers as he plots the next segment of his glittering career. He has looked settled during his time back in Brazil, and his performances for Mineiro have been typically effervescent and effective. Plenty of potential suitors will have surely taken note.
But with the curtain set to come down on his career sooner rather than later, perhaps the two-time World Player of the Year fancies taking on another challenge yet. Indeed, he’s never played in the Premier League, and you suspect there would be plenty of clubs happy to tap into the commercial goldmine that would indisputably accompany him, not to mention take advantage of his incomparable skill set.
Here are some of the best bits from his time at Barcelona:
The player has also been linked with a move to Boca Juniors in recent weeks, per Brazilian news portal Futnet (h/t Chris Westwood of SambaFoot.com). Argentinean football expert Sam Kelly expects those rumours to become increasingly prominent after Ronaldinho became a free agent:
Those Boca rumours will only get stronger. RT @Cynegeticus: Ronaldinho's contract with Atlético Mineiro has been canceled by mutual consent.— Sam Kelly (@HEGS_com) July 28, 2014
Ronaldinho’s career has always been intriguing to follow, but with a surfeit of offers likely to come flooding in, the speculation regarding his future and the eventual move he does make is likely to give supporters across the globe one last chapter to savour in the career of this iconic player.