Just last week it was announced that Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho and Liga MX side Queretaro had mutually agreed to part ways after the 35-year-old had spent less than a year at the Mexican club, which made the ex-Barcelona and AC Milan (among others) trickster a free to sign with any club in the world.
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Right from the start, I was banging the “I know it’s going to be tempting, but don’t do it, MLS teams” drum. In short, Ronaldinho’s best days are far, far behind him, and he’s not genuinely cared about playing and/or winning for roughly five years now — not even to mention the fact he’d want to be paid similarly to Sebastian Giovinco and Kaka, both of whom are producing at an All-Star level).
As it turns out, 20 Major League Soccer teams knew that Ronaldinho was available on a free transfer, and 20 MLS teams passed on the man who was for a short period of time arguably the best player in the world pre-Lionel Messi (or they were outbid, thankfully).
So where’s ‘Dinho headed to next? According to Antalyaspor club president Gultekin Gencer, the answer is Turkey. Antalyaspor, a Turkish Super League (top division) side after gaining promotion from the second division last season, announced the signing of former Barcelona and Inter Milan (among others) striker Samuel Eto’o last week.
Gencer, speaking to TRT Spor on the club’s pursuit of Ronaldinho (quotes via the Daily Mail):
“We reached an agreement with Ronaldinho. I think within two days it’ll be made official.
“Besides Eto’o and Ronaldinho, we will make another big-name signing. When it’s done, we’ll set the world on fire!”