Ronaldinho Is Back In Brazil, Signs With Flamengo Until 2014

Josep Vernet-RieraCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2011

After spending some seasons at AC Milan, Dinho is coming home.
After spending some seasons at AC Milan, Dinho is coming home.Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The best in the biggest of the world is the title of Flamengo's website as legendary Brazilian player Ronaldinho Gaúcho joins the famous side from Rio de Janeiro.

The news went off like a bomb in Brazil, causing Flamengo's website to crash multiple times following the media's reports.

Although Corinthians, one of the most prominent clubs from São Paulo, tried a late bid, which guaranteed Ronaldinho monthly earnings in the order of 825.000€, the former world player of the year signed a four-year-deal with "Mengão".

According to Flamengo's board, this is only one of the major signings that Flamengo is planning. Recently, the legendary side has brought in Adriano and Vagner Love, which helped the team win the "Brasileirão", the Brazilian Championship.

Dinho has already worn the number 10 shirt and, according to Brazilian newspapers, it is expected that jersey sales will grow over 400 percent in the coming months, along with a considerable increase in publicity earnings.

Although rumours pointed at a transfer to the English Premier League, namely to new-rich side Blackburn Rovers, the Brazilian's talents were coveted also by Palmeiras, which Big Phil Scolari is currently managing, Grêmio de Porto Alegre, his first team, and, of course, Flamengo.

As reported above, Corinthians still tried a last-minute effort, but Ronaldinho gave in to the possibility of playing in front of one, if not the biggest, fan base in the world.

After the Brazilian-Portuguese ace Deco joined Fluminense, Ronaldinho is now the second well-know football star to sign a long-term contract with a Brazilian side.