Ronaldinho told Atlético Mineiro that he wants to retire at Belo Horizonte
One of the greatest players of his generation and a former World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho turns 36 on Monday.
Although he’s been without a club since the September 2015, when he left Fluminense after a three month spell, Ronaldinho is still a professional player. Retirement is getting closer, but it’s not yet announced by the player, who knows where he wants to end his career. According to the information from UOL Esporte, the club is Atlético Mineiro. Ronaldinho played only for two years at Atlético, between June 2012 and July 2014, but he became an idol there, won major titles and picked up a special affection for the club and the fans. Something highlighted by the player himself, even before winning the Copa Libertadores 2013.
On 30 August 2015, Ronaldinho, then at Fluminense, was up against Atlético in the 21st Round of the Brasileirão, and the encounter at Maracanã had a good presence of Galo supporters. Ronaldinho left the game after 22 minutes, booed by Fluminense fans and applauded by the atleticanos. After the game, he went to Atlético’s dressing room, and met his old friends. Ronaldinho also took the opportunity to make a request to the directors: retire at Atlético. The response to Ronaldinho was positive, as Atlético also wanted to party to mark the end of a player with an illustrious career. The star promised to those responsible at Atlético that he will end his career at Belo Horizonte, but the conversation at Maracana’s locker room was only superficial. Despite the interest of both parties, a deal for during the 2016 season is something that is discarded, and representing the club in some competition or a friendly is more likely. Contacted by UOL Esporte, the club’s planning director Rodolfo Gropen confirmed the request made by Ronaldinho in 2015, but ruled out any chance of playing in the Brasileirão in a Galo shirt.