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Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro Part by Mutual Consent: Latest Details, Reaction

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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

Updates from Tuesday, July 29

The Daily Mail reported on Ronaldinho's next chapter after leaving Atletico Mineiro:

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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:

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):

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.

Ronaldinho has had a glittering career, but where will he go next?
Ronaldinho has had a glittering career, but where will he go next?Luis Bagu/Getty Images

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:

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.

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