Milan have secured the signing of two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho from Barcelona. Ronaldinho is the last signing of the summer according to AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.
Before the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldinho was undoubtedly the best player in the world. Ronaldinho's tricks and creativity dazzled everyone, as Barcelona won two consecutive La Liga titles and the Champions League once.
However, Ronaldinho's form had been poor since the summer of 2006. The Brazilian playmaker's attitude had been a bad influence on the Barca dressing room, and Ronaldinho's teammate Samuel Eto'o blasted Ronnie for not attending most of the training sessions of the team in the last two seasons.
Once known as the best dribbler in the world, Ronaldinho developed a reputation as a party animal and gained a good deal of weight before being shown the door by Barca.
Ronaldinho's transfer reminds me of Rivaldo's move to Milan. Once the most important player in Barcelona's squad, Rivaldo moved to Milan to revive his career after he was deemed surplus to requirements by his then new manager, Louis Van Gaal.
However, Rivaldo couldn't adapt to the style of play in Milan and failed to live up to the hopes of the Rossoneri fans and soon found himself warming his bench seat for the rest of the season. Rivaldo moved to Olympiakkos and currently plays at AEK Athens in Greece.
Ronaldinho just completed his switch to AC Milan:
- Will Ronaldinho be able to revive his career or will he be another Rivaldo?
- Will the Ronaldinho-Kaka duo work well?
- Isn't it a gamble by Milan to buy a player for 20 million euros who is out of shape and lacks fitness?
- After Ronaldinho's capture, can Milan go back to challenging for Serie A?
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