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Brazilian Legend 'Ronaldinho' retires from professional football

Brazilian Legend 'Ronaldinho' retires from professional football

Legendary Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has finally called it a day and retired from football, even though he has not been a part of any game since 2015.

37-year-old magical Ronaldinho was part of the star-filled Brazil 2002 World Cup squad. He won the coveted Champions League in 2006 with Spanish giants Barcelona and won the prestigious Balon d'Or award in 2005.

This week, his brother and agent Roberto Assis confirmed his retirement and disclosed a series of tribute events. His brother said: "He has stopped, thus, it is ended. However, we will be doing various events in Brazil, Europe and also Asia and, following which we will be arranging something with the Brazilian team as well."

Ronaldinho started his career with Gremio before moving to Paris St-Germain in 2001. After spending five years at Barcelona and two La Liga titles and one Champions League trophy in process, the magician then had a three-year spell at AC Milan playing alongside David Beckham, Andrea Pirlo, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic where he won the league title in 2010-11.

He moved to Brazilian side Flamengo in 2011 but only after brief spells at Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro in Mexico and Fluminense.