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Football Legend Ronaldinho Retires, Confirms Brother Roberto Assis

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| January 17 , 2018 , 15:52 IST

The Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired after being out of the game since 2015. The football legend's brother and agent, Roberto Assis confirmed the development on Tuesday while announcing the series of tribute events in August.

It has been three years since Ronaldinho played for a professional team and has decided to give up altogether. In a column for the Brazilian media outlet O Globo, Assis revealed that Ronaldinho won't be coming back to the game as, "He has stopped, it is ended."

Further revealing the forthcoming plans, Roberto added, "Let’s do something pretty big and nice after the Russia World Cup, probably in August. We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well."

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Notably, Ronaldinho has earlier hinted at getting retired officially when he said that he was "too old" to return to professional football in July last year. The legendary player has excelled as an attacking midfielder, winger and forward throughout his long career.

After beginning his career with Gremio in Brazil, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2001. Ronaldinho joined Barcelona in 2003 and contributed in winning two league titles, the 2005 Ballon d’Or and the 2006 Champions League.

He later joined AC Milan where he won the Serie A title in 2010-11 and then moved to Brazilian side Flamengo in 2011 before spells at Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro in Mexico and Fluminense. Ronaldinho earned the last of his 98 Brazil caps against Chile in April 2013.