10 Reasons Why AC Milan Will Not Miss Ronaldinho

James RiggioContributor IJanuary 13, 2011

10 Reasons Why AC Milan Will Not Miss Ronaldinho

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    MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 03: Ronaldinho of AC Milan in action during the UEFA Champions League group G match between AC Milan and Real Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 3, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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    Ronaldinho has certainly been one of the best players in the world over the last 10 years. But after two and a half seasons with AC Milan, the attacking midfielder has returned to Brazil where he will play with Flamengo. Here are 10 reasons why AC Milan will not miss the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year.

No. 1 Player Stays Out Late

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    MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 16:  Ronaldinho of AC Milan cheers his team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 16, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Im
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    AC Milan has been very strict over the years on having its players showing up every day ready to play and not tired from being at a nightclub until 2 a.m.

    Ronaldinho was often rumored to be spending more time partying than the club would have liked.

No. 2 Lack Of Defense

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    MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Ronaldinho of AC Milan smiles during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Catania Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 18, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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    The game has changed to where even offensive-minded players need to make big contributions defensively. Ronaldinho often relied on the help of others when it came to defense.

No. 3 Presence Of Antonio Cassano

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09:  Antonio Cassano of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 9, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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    One of the reasons why it was easy for AC Milan to let Ronaldinho go was the acquisition of Antonio Cassano, who is no stranger to trouble, but also an outstanding talent.

No. 4 Club Looking at Younger Players

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    PALERMO, ITALY - NOVEMBER 14:  Javier Pastore of Palermo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Palermo and Catania at Stadio Renzo Barbera on November 14, 2010 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Image
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    AC Milan realizes it has a number of older players and with Ronaldinho already being 30, finding some younger talent is something the club realizes it needs to do. Palermo's Javier Pastore could be a future target.

No. 5 Salary Off The Books

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    AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.
    AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.Roberto Serra/Getty Images

    AC Milan is one of the few elite clubs in Europe that actually tries to balance its books and has a tiny debt compared to the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.

No. 6 Something Instead Of Nothing

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    MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 17:  Ronaldinho of Milan moves the ball during the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy match between Milan AC and Juventus FC at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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    Although a fee has not been disclosed, AC Milan did not let Ronaldinho leave for free and thus the club was able to get back at least some of the money it paid when it purchased the player from Barcelona in 2008. He would have been able to leave the club for nothing in the summer of 2011.

No. 7 Milan Sells, Still Wins

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    MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21:  Kaka (L) of Real Madrid stands dejected after conceding a goal as AC Milan players celebrate in the background during the Champions League group C match between Real Madrid and AC Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Octo
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    AC Milan has still performed well after selling some of its past superstars. It won the UEFA Champions League the year after selling Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea and even defeated Real Madrid last season after it sold Kaka to the Spanish giants.

No. 8 Back to Brazil

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    LONDON - FEBRUARY 10: Ronaldinho of Brazil smiles during the International Friendly match between Brazil and Italy at the Emirates Stadium on February 10, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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    One thing that makes AC Milan a great club is that it makes great business deals. Sending Ronaldinho back to Brazil means they will not to face him, unless by some tiny chance AC Milan and Flamengo meet in the FIFA Club World Cup.

No. 9 Questions From Media

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 25:  Ronaldinho of AC Milan and formerly of Barcelona gives away his boots to a fan at the Joan Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and AC Milan at Camp Nou stadium on August 25, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle
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    Certainly in the past few months, Ronaldinho as well as many within the AC Milan organization have had to answer to questions about Ronaldinho's future. Those distractions will now go away.

No. 10 Making Player Happy

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    MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 16:  Ronaldinho of AC Milan reacts during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 16, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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    The club and player agreed on the split and AC Milan want to see Ronaldinho happy by returning to Brazil.