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Atletico Mineiro president Kalil hails Ronaldinho contribution

Ronaldinho scored 28 goals in 80 games for Atletico
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Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has insisted that Ronaldinho's exit from the club is purely the player's decision and that he respects the way it has happened, after two years with the Belo Horizonte club.

In an interview with Radio Itatiaia, Kalil said: "I had given word to Assis (Ronaldinho) that if he wanted to leave, he could find me after the Recopa."

"It was his decision and he wants to take a new direction. But he came in through the front door and out through the front door. Let's make a nice farewell on Wednesday."

In his two year stint with the club, Ronaldinho has launched them to new heights and walks away having assisted them in winning the Mineiro state championship, the Copa Libertadores and, most recently, the Recopa Sudamerica.

Kalil added on the 34 year-old: "I think Ronaldo becomes one of the biggest idols, or the biggest idol, of the fans of Atletico. He helped us win very important titles and was very successful."

There is expected to be a further announcement on the end of Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro career later today, perhaps in a joint statement with Kalil.


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