After a stellar European career ended in 2011 following his exit from AC Milan, Ronaldinho has bounced around between various clubs in native Brazil and Mexico.
The former Barcelona star could find a new home soon though.
According to the Brazilian’s agent, Ronaldinho’s next destination is likely to be either Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League.
Ronaldinho is represented by his older brother, Roberto Assis, who also spent time playing in Brazil and Europe throughout his career.
Assis told UOL:
“The probable destination for him is Major League Soccer in the U.S. or the Chinese Super League,” Assis said.
Now 36, whichever team the Brazilian decides on will likely be his last after a significant decline in form over recent seasons. Ronaldinho featured for Fluminese in 2015, before having his contract terminated in December.
While the news of Ronaldinho joining MLS is nothing new, it would be an exciting prospect to say the least, even if he is a shell of what he once was. In his five seasons with the Blaugrana, the former Brazil international recorded four years with double-digit goals across all competitions, including three of which where he notched over 20 finishes.
The growth of MLS is undeniable, as shown by the arrivals of superstars David Villa, Kaka and Sebastian Giovinco in recent seasons. The one aspect that could prevent Ronaldinho from arriving in America though would be money.
China has shown over the past several months that they aren’t playing around when it comes to the transfer market. High-profile moves for Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid and Ramires, formerly at Chelsea, display the league’s intentions for seeking relevence.
Nonetheless, it would be fantastic to see a guy that used to do this (below) play in MLS before his career officially ends.