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Football Star, Ronaldinho’s Mother Dies Aged 71 After Contracting Covid-19
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Football Star, Ronaldinho’s Mother Dies Aged 71 After Contracting Covid-19

Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho reportedly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19. Dona Miguelina, aged 71, was hospitalised after testing positive for the virus in December 2020, in their home city of Porto Alegre. Ronaldinho’s former club Atletico Mineiro confirmed her death on Twitter on Sunday, February 21,  with a message of condolence. “It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro receives the news of the death of Doña Miguelina, mother of Ronaldinho Gaúcho,” read the club statement. “The Atleticana Family is in mourning and shares the moment of pain with their idol. May God receive you with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal ace.” Ronaldinho is yet to make an official statement over the rep...
Ronaldinho Freed After Agreeing Guilty Plea Over Fake Passport
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Ronaldinho Freed After Agreeing Guilty Plea Over Fake Passport

The 40-year-old former Barcelona and AC Milan star had been detained with his brother, Roberto Assis, after entering the country with false documents Ronaldinho is free to return home to Brazil after five months living under house arrest in Paraguay with his brother, Roberto Assis. The pair were arrested in Paraguay in early March after using false passports to enter the country. In April, they were released from prison after lawyers posted a $1.6 million (£1.3m) bail on their behalf, and they were placed under house arrest in a hotel in Asuncion to await trial. The pair had faced up to five years behind bars if convicted. Both brothers have pleaded guilty to entering the country with fake passports as part of the agreement. Ronaldinho has paid a fine of $90,000, while ...
Legendary Nigerian Midfielder, Austin Okocha Make PSG’s Team Of The Decade List
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Legendary Nigerian Midfielder, Austin Okocha Make PSG’s Team Of The Decade List

Legendary Nigerian midfielder Austin Okocha has been included in Paris Saint-German's team of the decade from 2000 to 2010.The list was compiled by French weekly Magazine France Football.Also on the list i former Brazilian and Barcelona star Ronaldinho.After impressing at the World Cup in France, Okocha joined PSG from Turkish club Fernabahce in 1998 for £14 million, making him the most expensive African player at the time.Okocha made 84 appearances for PSG, scored 12 goals and won the French Super Cup (1998) and UEFA Inter Toto Cup (2001).He eventually left PSG for Bolton Wanderers after the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.
Voting Result For The Greatest Footballer Of The 21st Century
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Voting Result For The Greatest Footballer Of The 21st Century

In a vote of the greatest football player of the 21st Century, Barcelona's Lionel Messi came out as the winner of the title as he was voted the greatest player among other prominent contenders like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, De Lima Ronaldo and others excluding the likes of Pele, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona from the list of contenders. The Barcelona forward started the new decade with a record-breaking sixth Balon d'or trophy, which is so far, since the history of modern football, the highest won by any footballer and he is widely accepted as one of the greatest athletes since the turn of the millennium. One very prominent contender and former La Liga star/rival of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo was got the highest votes to beat all the other star players he was paired with ...
Neymar Has the Qualities of Ronaldinho– Fabregas Says
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Neymar Has the Qualities of Ronaldinho– Fabregas Says

The former Blaugrana midfielder, who played alongside the Brazilian forward at Camp Nou, considers the South American to be a world-class talent Neymar “has qualities at the level of Ronaldinho”, according to Cesc Fabregas, and has “everything to be the best” as talk of a possible return to Barcelona continues to build. The Brazil international forward departed Camp Nou back in 2017 as part of a record-breaking €222 million (£200m/$262m) transfer deal. A productive spell has been taken in at Paris Saint-Germain, but speculation regarding a second stint in Spain surfaced almost the moment Neymar touched down in France and Barca have made no secret of the fact that they would welcome a familiar face back into their ranks .
What Happened to Ronaldinho Made me Sad – Maradona
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What Happened to Ronaldinho Made me Sad – Maradona

Football icon, Diego Maradona, has said that what happened to Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, in Paraguay made him sad. DAILY POST recalls that Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were arrested in Paraguay in early March, for allegedly using fake documents to enter the country. Ronaldinho left prison after 32 days when Judge Gustavo Amarilla decided that the former Brazilian international and his brother can live in a hotel in Asuncion, while they await trial on their charges. But Maradona has now leaped to the defense of Ronaldinho and insisted that the former AC Milan star is not a criminal. The Argentina legend believes the 40-year-old is innocent, adding that the former attacking midfielder maestro only went to Paraguay to work. “What happened to Ronaldinho made m...
‘Ronaldinho told me to join Man Utd!’ – Kleberson recalls Old Trafford transfer
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‘Ronaldinho told me to join Man Utd!’ – Kleberson recalls Old Trafford transfer

The Brazilian World Cup winner talks to Goal about where it all went wrong for him in England, and his dream of returning to the Premier League At a football academy in Philadelphia last week, there was great excitement among the young players when they got a video call from Quinton Fortune. The former Manchester United midfielder was taking questions about his career and the aspiring professionals were in awe of the fact that the South African had once shared a dressing room with legends of the game such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. However, if they had wanted to know sooner what it was like to play alongside some of the game's greats, they should have asked their coach. I've told them before but when they hear it from someone like Quinton, they believe what I'm sa...
Ronaldinho Seen For The First Time Since Being Placed On House Arrest
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Ronaldinho Seen For The First Time Since Being Placed On House Arrest

Ronaldinho shows he’s still smiling despite being on house arrest , The former Barcelona and AC Milan star was a surprise guest during an online show by his friends in Brazilian samba band Grupo Revelaco The 4O year old was allowed to swap prison earlier in the month for the four star Hotel Palmaroga in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, greeted the band with his famous gooofy grin during a video call. One of the members of the band, who keen amateur musician Ronaldinho has played with , introduced their surprise guest by saying : “The man who’s been freed . “Look who’s called us , He’s been freed , Our friend Ronaldinho Gaucho . Ronaldinho unannounced appearance took place ahead of the bands performance online to raise money for families badly affected by Coronavirus....
Messi Shoots Down Rumour Of Paying For Ronaldinho’s Bail From Prison
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Messi Shoots Down Rumour Of Paying For Ronaldinho’s Bail From Prison

Argentina and Barcelona star man, Lionel Messi has refute claims suggesting that he paid for Ronaldinho’s bail from Paraguayan prison. Messi’s former team-mate, Ronaldinho was arrested and jailed together with his brother in a paraguayan prison after the two tried to enter the country with a fake passport. The former world cup winner and Barcelona legend was jailed for six month but has been bailed for an amount of $1.6 million. Many believed it was his friend Messi who bailed him out. On Thursday, Messi took to social media to disprove the stories and said that they are made up stories. Messi branded the story as “the second lie” since it was rumoured that the Barcelona forward has requested a move out from his parent club, Barcelona to Manchester City. Ronaldinho is currently ...
Brazil legend, Ronaldinho released from Paraguayan prison and placed under house arrest after serving 32 days
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Brazil legend, Ronaldinho released from Paraguayan prison and placed under house arrest after serving 32 days

Brazil legend, Ronaldinho has been released from a high-security jail in Paraguay and placed under house arrest after serving 32 days following his fake passport scandal.   The former Barcelona superstar, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, has been ordered to serve house arrest alongside his brother at the luxury Palmaroga hotel in Asuncion after reportedly paying a £1.3million bond.   Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis were jailed on March 6 after entering Paraguay with a fake passports   The passports found on them were bearing the names of Ronaldinho and Roberto with Paraguayan nationality despite having their Brazilian passports confiscated in 2018 following conviction in an environment offence.     He told local ...
Ronaldinho Celebrates His 40th Birthday In Jail
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Ronaldinho Celebrates His 40th Birthday In Jail

Ronaldinho spent his time on the pitch dodging defenders and his post-football career evading the law. But the Brazilian superstar will spend his 40th birthday in a Paraguayan prison today with the biggest challenge of his life threatening to shackle him to a six-month jail sentence. The former PSG, Barcelona and Milan playmaker won the 2005 Ballon D'Or, the 2002 World Cup – after beating David Seaman with a famous free-kick – and the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal. He is arguably among the three best Brazilian players to follow Pele along with Ronaldo and Neymar. But Ronaldinho was the undisputed best at Samba-style partying. His lawyer Adolfo Marín claimed: “He could have entered Paraguay with his Brazilian papers. He thought he had received special Paraguaya...
Ronaldinho Is ‘Sad’ In Prison According To Visiting Friend
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Ronaldinho Is ‘Sad’ In Prison According To Visiting Friend

A friend of Ronaldinho has explained the Brazilian legend is "sad" while serving his term in jail. Former River Plate striker Nelson Cuevas visited the 39-year-old who is currently behind bars for allegedly attempting to enter Paraguay with a fake passport. He explained that although the World Cup winner is in a well-maintained area of the prison, he's currently not acting like his usual self. Cuevas told Argentinian publication Infobae about his recent visit: "He is sad. Hopefully, he can get out soon. "He is just sad because of the situation. His lawyers are handling the rest. I hope he can get out of there soon." Ronaldinho is currently jailed alongside brother Roberto de Assis and the duo are located in a specialised unit. Paraguayan Minister of Interior Euclides ...
Prison warden says Ronaldinho adapting to jail very well
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Prison warden says Ronaldinho adapting to jail very well

Former Brazil and ex-FC Barcelona player Ronaldinho Gaucho is adapting quickly to life in a Paraguayan jail, the head of the facility told Reuters on Monday. The former Paris St-Germain (PSG) forward’s lawyers are however hopeful he may soon be released into house arrest while the investigation continues. “In broad terms he is doing very well,” prison warden Blas Vera told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I see he is in good spirits, just like you see him on television, always smiling.” Vera said Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis, who were arrested on Friday for using a false Paraguayan passport, would present their case to a judge on Tuesday. Their lawyer Sergio Queiroz told Reuters they had asked a court to release them into house arrest and offered guarantees they...
Detained Ronaldinho ‘did not know’ passport was fake, lawyer says
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Detained Ronaldinho ‘did not know’ passport was fake, lawyer says

The two-time world player of the year and his brother Roberto, who was detained with him, spent their third night behind bars in the capital Asuncion on Sunday after using forged travel documents to enter the country. Their Brazilian lawyer Sergio Queiroz said he would ask for the pair to be released and allowed to return to their home country when they next appear before a judge on Monday. "Ronaldinho did not commit a crime because he did not know that the passport they gave him was faked," he said. Queiroz said that prosecutors had agreed that the footballer had acted in good faith and the decision by a judge to order their detention was unwarranted. Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was the star of Brazil's 2002 World Cup win and played fo...
Ronaldinho Freed by Prosecutors for Entering Paraguay with a Fake Passport
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Ronaldinho Freed by Prosecutors for Entering Paraguay with a Fake Passport

Brazil football legend, Ronaldinho, 39, has been freed by Paraguayan prosecutors after he admitted guilt for entering Paraguay with a fake passport. The former Barcelona superstar and his brother and business manager Roberto Assis entered Paraguay on Wednesday with fake passports bearing their names with Paraguayan nationality despite having their Brazilian passports confiscated in 2018 following conviction in an environment offence. The pair were detained in the Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo and were later interrogated by law enforcement officials. Prosecutor Federico Delfino said the brothers recognized they had committed a crime but said they did so unwittingly. "We are looking for an alternative way out of this that doesn't result in a formal accusation and tha...
Ronaldinho Arrested in Paraguay After Fake Passport claims
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Ronaldinho Arrested in Paraguay After Fake Passport claims

The former Barcelona and PSG star was detained in the South American country after allegedly producing false documentation. Brazil legend Ronaldinho has been arrested in Paraguay for allegedly using false documentation to enter the South American country. The 39-year-old, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, was detained in the Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo along with his brother Roberto on Wednesday night, the Ministry of Interior of Paraguay has confirmed. According to La Nacion, passports were found in the hotel bearing the names of Ronaldinho and Roberto with Paraguayan nationality. Both the brothers remained in the hotel suite overnight, with Paraguayan authorities due to issue a statement on Thursday morning. An official statement from the Paraguayan p...
The Day Ronaldinho Introduced Kobe Bryant To A 17-year-old Lionel Messi
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The Day Ronaldinho Introduced Kobe Bryant To A 17-year-old Lionel Messi

The death of NBA great Kobe Bryant has shocked the sports world. Lionel Messi and several Barcelona players sent tributes to the late basketball star. While some talked about him purely as an icon, others, such as Messi himself, spoke about someone they knew personally. Bryant himself was an avid football fan and in particular of FC Barcelona and AC Milan. He became friends with Ronaldinho around the time the Brazilian established himself as the best player in the world playing for Barça. The former Laker once recalled when Dinho gave him what, at the time, was a shocking introduction. “A long time ago, right? Barcelona came to Los Angeles. Ronaldinho was a friend of mine; I was speaking to him. He told me, ‘Kobe, look, I’m going to introduce you to the player who will be t...
Kylian Mbappe Reveals One Player he Wants to Emulate
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Kylian Mbappe Reveals One Player he Wants to Emulate

  Paris Saint Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has expressed a desire to follow in the footsteps of Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. The France World Cup winner said this ahead of PSG’s Coupe de la Ligue clash with Reims on Wednesday night. Asked about his idols, Mbappe told Gazzetta dello Sport: “If you’re French, obviously you would have grown up with Zinedine Zidane as your idol. “After that, it was Cristiano Ronaldo, who I have been fortunate enough to have faced as a rival, at club level and with the national team. “I also love Brazilian players like Pelé, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and Ricardo Kaka. “And to the young players who look up to me, I’d like to send them a message from someone who believed in their dream, always giving the best they had to ...
Female Referee Gives Kaka Yellow Card Before Selfie With Him
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Female Referee Gives Kaka Yellow Card Before Selfie With Him

Here is the hilarious moment football legend Brazilian Kaka was shown a yellow card just so the referee could take a selfie with him last night in a charity match. The former AC Milan and Real Madrid maestro pulled on the Selecao shirt once more in a charity match for peace in Israel and was on the scoresheet in a 4-2 victory for Brazil. Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Cafu and Bebeto were also among the legends taking part in the friendly fixture but it was Kaka who was the biggest hit - with even the person officiating the game wanting a picture with him. Incredibly, while the 2007 Ballon d'Or was dribbling in midfield with his side 3-2 up, the female referee blew the whistle and stopped the game for a moment. Much to Kaka's confusion, the official then went to her p...
Ronaldinho Appointed As Brazil’s Ambassador For Tourism
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Ronaldinho Appointed As Brazil’s Ambassador For Tourism

Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho has been appointed as Brazil’s new ambassador for tourism, according to the Daily Mail. “Tourism is very important for generating jobs and regaining our image internationally,” Ronaldinho said at his unveiling on Thursday. Ronaldinho was praised by the Brazilian Institute of Tourism’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Osvaldo Matos de Melo Junior. “You take the case of Ronaldinho, a person who has almost 100million followers in his networks and voluntarily helps us at no cost for patriotism. This attitude is invaluable,” Osvaldo said. “Just by issuing a visa to countries like the United States and Canada, we have already had over 200 per cent increase in demand for our country. We will increasingly invest, even in intelligence, to achi...
Ronaldinho’s property seized over unpaid fines and taxes
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Ronaldinho’s property seized over unpaid fines and taxes

Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho has had 57 properties seized and his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes and fines, according to reports in Brazil. The twice World Player Of The Year was fined 9.5m reais (£2.06m) for illegally building a pier at his lake house in the city of Porto Alegre, the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo said. But as well as the environmental fine, Ronaldinho is also being pursued by creditors seeking to recover £1.69m in other debts, such as council taxes. A judge in Porto Alegre told the Reuters news agency that because the case was under judicial secrecy rules, no details of the newspaper report could be confirmed or denied. Ronaldinho was the 2004 and 2005 World Player of the Year and enjoyed the prime of his career at Spanish gia...
Ronaldinho Predicts What will Decide Champions League Tie-Barcelona vs Manchester United:
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Ronaldinho Predicts What will Decide Champions League Tie-Barcelona vs Manchester United:

Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, has said the first goal will be key as his old side welcome Manchester United, for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday. Luke Shaw’s own goal separates the sides after their first meeting at Old Trafford last week. Ronaldinho, speaking to the UK Mirror, admits it leaves the fixture hanging in the balance. “The truth is that Barcelona should have finished the game in Manchester – but at just 1-0 Manchester United will still believe that are in this tie. “With the way that Barcelona have been playing and the amount of goals they have been scoring, I do expect them to progress. “I see them even winning comfortably in Barcelona. It will all be on the first goal. “If Barcelona score, then it will be a long even...
UEFA Celebrates Ronaldinho
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UEFA Celebrates Ronaldinho

UEFA on Thursday congratulated Brazil and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, on his 39th birthday The Europe top-football governing body took to their official Twitter page to post a compiled video of Ronaldinho in action for Barcelona and AC Milan. “Happy birthday, Ronaldinho,” UEFA wrote on Twitter alongside the video clip. “Your favourite @10Ronaldinho moment.” Ronaldinho won the Ballon d’Or during his playing spell. His five-year spell at Barcelona was the pinnacle of his club career, where he won two league titles: the 2005 Ballon d’Or and the 2006 Champions League. The ex-attacking midfielder earned the last of his 98 Brazil caps against Chile in April 2013. ...
Ronaldinho Leaves Footprints in Maracana Hall of Fame
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Ronaldinho Leaves Footprints in Maracana Hall of Fame

Brazil’s former football star Ronaldinho yesterday left his footprints in the Hall of Fame in Rio’s legendary Maracana Stadium, one year after retiring from the sport. “This is one of the biggest trophies of my career,” the 38-year-old – full name Ronaldinho de Assis Moreira – told reporters as he was hailed by dozens of tourists visiting the stadium built to host the 1950 World Cup final match. His footprints will now be displayed alongside those of other Brazilian greats such as Pele and Zico. Ronaldinho first received an invitation to leave his prints in 2011, but put it off because of his busy agenda, he said. The former Barcelona forward won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo, scoring a memorable long-range free-kick against England. He was a...
Ronaldinho Banned From Leaving Brazil Over Debt
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Ronaldinho Banned From Leaving Brazil Over Debt

Ronaldinho has been banned from leaving Brazil by a judge. The ex-Barcelona is scheduled to appear at the Dubai International Sports Conference this week. The 38-year-old football legend has been barred from making the trip to the United Arab Emirates by a court in South America. Brazilian judge Newton Fabricio demanded that Ronaldinho and his brother Assis Moreira have their passports taken off them by authorities. The seizure order was made to guarantee the payment of a £1.75million fine imposed on the pair for breaking environmental construction regulations four years ago. They were prosecuted for causing damage to the environment in the building of the Ronaldinho Gaucho Institute in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. The charity helps work with young and impoverished pe...
Football Legend Ronaldinho Demands Barcelona Retire Famous No 10 Shirt When Lionel Messi Retires
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Football Legend Ronaldinho Demands Barcelona Retire Famous No 10 Shirt When Lionel Messi Retires

Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho has urged Barcelona to retire the famous No 10 shirt once Lionel Messi retires. Messi took the No 10 shirt when Ronaldinho who also made a mark and won several trophies at the Club before leaving to join AC Milan in 2008. Ever since the Argentine took over the special number he has continued to hit new heights with the star being hailed as one of the greatest players of all time.   As reported by The Sun, Ronaldinho: 'When Messi retires, which I hope will be a long time from now, they should leave the No 10 there so that nobody can touch it again. According to the Brazilian, Messi is Barcelona's best ever player and he believes the attacker whose current deal at the Nou Camp runs until the summer of 2021, will continue playing for ...
Wizkid, Tiwa Savage In Nike’s Advert With Neymar, Coutinho, Ronaldinho, Others
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Wizkid, Tiwa Savage In Nike’s Advert With Neymar, Coutinho, Ronaldinho, Others

Nike has a long history and special knack for producing some of the most amazing and jaw dropping adverts in all of sport and their latest effort “Awaken the Phantom” is no different. The 2 minutes and 36 seconds long visually stunning film, which was dropped on Friday, August 10, and includes a star-studded list of names, focuses on a mysterious footballer and urban legend that transforms into several different players. Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Ronaldinho, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Mal Pugh, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Barcelona’s young prodigy Xavi Simons are the footballing favourites at the forefront of the campaign, while Nigerian artists WizKid, MUT4Y and Tiwa Savage are also featured. It is understood that the advert was directed by Matthew Vau...
Ronaldinho Denies Plans To Marry Two Women
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Ronaldinho Denies Plans To Marry Two Women

Former Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho Gaucho denied rumors that he plans to marry his two fiancees in one civil ceremony this August. “It’s the biggest lie,” he told Globo Esporte Thursday. “I’m not getting married.” The rebuttal came a day after O Dia reported that the 38-year-old planned to enter into a civil union with not one, but two women. Polygamy and bigamy are illegal and punishable by up to six years in prison in Brazil, but civil unions among more than two parties are Brooklyn-based Brazilian attorney Lucas Rezende. “The civil code says that only two people can enter into a civil union or a marriage. It has no legal significance,” Rezende told the Daily News. Ronaldinho and his two fiancees, Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza, have been living in his Rio de Janeiro mansi...
Football Legend Ronaldinho Set To Marry 2 Ladies At A Time!!!
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Football Legend Ronaldinho Set To Marry 2 Ladies At A Time!!!

Football legend, Ronaldinho is to marry two women at the same time, The Mirror reports. The Brazilian will tie the knot in August with his pair of “fiancees”, Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza. Ronaldinho asked both their hands in marriage in January last year and gave both engagement rings, Brazilian columnist Leo Dias said. The two women have been living “harmoniously” with the former Barcelona star since December at his £5million Rio de Janeiro mansion. Ronaldinho started dating Beatriz in 2016, but continued his relationship with Priscilla, which began several years earlier. Both lovers reportedly receive an “allowance” of around £1,500 from the footballer to spend as they wish. He will marry the two women at a private ceremony inside the Santa Monica condominium, in the upmarke...
Ronaldinho Weighs In On Ronaldo/Messi Debate: Messi Is The Best
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Ronaldinho Weighs In On Ronaldo/Messi Debate: Messi Is The Best

Former Brazil and Barcelona star Ronaldinho is currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of the UEFA Champions League trophy tour organised by Heineken. On Saturday he spoke to the local press, who fielded questions on his playing days and this season's tournament. On his visit to Malaysia: It's not my first time in Malaysia, but I'm always happy to be here, and to have received the warm reception. Who will win this season's Champions League: All the clubs are good, but I'm rooting for Barcelona! Any chance of his other former club PSG winning the competition in the near future, after spending big in the past few years? In football, even when you sign great players you need some time to put together a winning team. I believe in the next few years they will win the Champ...
Ronaldinho: Lionel Messi Versus Cristiano Ronaldo Battle Good For Football
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Ronaldinho: Lionel Messi Versus Cristiano Ronaldo Battle Good For Football

The eternal battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is “good for football”, says Brazil legend Ronaldinho. For more than a decade now, two leading lights have lit up the sporting galaxy. Messi and Ronaldo have shared 10 Ballons d’Or between them, remarkable goal-scoring exploits, an enviable haul of major trophies and countless records. Debate as to which of the two can be considered the greatest continues to rage and Ronaldinho considers their personal duel to be beneficial to both two superstar players and their sport. A two-time World Player of the Year told Metro US: “It is a healthy fight, which is good for football, because they are two players who are always there to define who will win the Golden Ball, to see who will be the bes...
Adorable Photos Of Football Legend Jay-Jay Okocha & His Lovely Family
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Adorable Photos Of Football Legend Jay-Jay Okocha & His Lovely Family

Nigerian football legend and entrepreneur, Jay-jay Okocha, recently celebrated 20th wedding anniversary with his beautiful wife, Nkechi. These family pictures were released days back to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Okocha. Here are photos of Jay-Jay Okocha, his wife,Nkechiand their two kids; A-Jay and Daniella,in their beautiful smiles captured in the photos; Brief biography; Okocha was born on 14 August 1973 in Enugu, Enugu State. His parents were from Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, Nigeria. The name Jay-Jay was actually passed down from his older brother James, who started playing football first. His immediate older brother Emmanuel was also called Emma Jay-jay, but the name stuck with Okocha. He began playing football on the street just like many other...
Brazilian Legend Ronaldinho Retires From Professional Football
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Brazilian Legend Ronaldinho Retires From Professional Football

Former Brazil and FC Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho, who won the World Cup, Champions League, Copa Libertadores and World Player of the Year award, is retiring from the game. His brother and agent Assis made the announcement on Tuesday saying Ronaldinho, who will be 38 in March, has not played a competitive match since 2015 but he had also avoided calling a definitive halt to his career until now. “He’s stopped. It’s over. We are going to do something pretty big, something cool, after the World Cup in Russia, probably in August” Assis said. The events, most likely farewell matches, will take place in Brazil, Europe and Asia, and could include a match with the national team, Assis said. Ronaldinho began his career at Gremio and played for seven other clubs, including Paris Saint-G...
Ronaldinho Announces rRetirement Date To Focus On Music, Schools
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Ronaldinho Announces rRetirement Date To Focus On Music, Schools

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has declared that he will officially retire from football in 2018 to focus on a music career and his football schools. Ronaldinho, who has not played professionally since leaving Brazilian side Fluminense in 2015, said he will hang up his boots for good next year. The legendary Brazilian playmaker, who is now 37-year-old, said he is ready to officially leave the game behind. “There is this chance, I think I’m saying goodbye to football next year, officially,” Ronaldinho said. “I might play some farewell games for the teams I’ve played for, it’s something we’ll have to think about sometime soon.” With his playing days officially behind him, the former Brazil international says he is set to focus on his football schools and his burgeoning music care...
Madrid Move Would See Kane Recognized As World Class, Says Carlton Cole
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Madrid Move Would See Kane Recognized As World Class, Says Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole believes that Harry Kane could cement his reputation as a world-class striker if he moved to Real Madrid like former Tottenham stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. Kane is currently out injured but his scoring rate has put him among Europe's elite, and at the end of September he trailed only Lionel Messi for goals in 2017. Cole is a former England player and he has been watching the Spurs forward closely this season. He believes that a move to a club like Real Madrid could help him as Tottenham prepare to welcome the European champions to Wembley on Wednesday. “Harry Kane has done so well for himself,” Cole told Goal. “A lot of people are saying he’s world class but I don’t think he’s world class yet. I think he’s in great form but is he world class? I think Robert Lewandowsk...
From Ridiculous To Sublime, Tite Turns Brazil Around
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From Ridiculous To Sublime, Tite Turns Brazil Around

No one could have imagined just how influential the former Corinthians coach would be but nine wins in 10 World Cup qualifiers are just reward for a return to the form that won them a record five World Cup titles. "There is no questioning the enormous quality of Brazil's players, Tite and backroom staff," the normally cautious former World Cup winner Tostao wrote before the final two qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile. "The team is ready." Tite retained several players who had misfired under Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 2014 World Cup and his successor Dunga but he transformed their front line with the introduction of attack-minded youngsters Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus. In midfield he recalled Paulinho and Renato Augusto, his former charges at Corinthians. With Real Madrid...
Barcelona Finally Have A Dani Alves Replacement In Nelson Semedo
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Barcelona Finally Have A Dani Alves Replacement In Nelson Semedo

Barcelona finally have a replacement for Dani Alves. After playing Sergi Roberto out of position for much of last season and then switching to a three-man defence to hide their lack of a genuine right-back, the Catalan club signed a specialist in the summer. And Nelson Semedo has not disappointed. The Blaugrana had originally targeted Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, but were put off by the Gunners' high valuation of their former youth product and signed Semedo instead from Benfica for a fee of around €30 million. The Portuguese made his debut in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu as a substitute, coming on to replace Gerard Pique for the final 40 minutes as Barca switched to four at the back and improved notably after starting with 3-5-2. The...
Mbappe: People Should Be Happy To See A Good Player Stay In Ligue 1
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Mbappe: People Should Be Happy To See A Good Player Stay In Ligue 1

It is early Wednesday afternoon, during a crazy and unforgettable day for the new PSG star, who was loaned with a 145 million euro (+35-million-euro bonus) buyout clause in case of Ligue 1 survival. Between his press conference organized by his new club in the Parc des Princes, while surrounded by two hundred journalists, and the inauguration of a small new sports complex in Bondy (Seine-Saint-Denis), the new Parisian striker hosted L’Équipe at the back of the bus made available by his sponsor for his close family and professional entourage, in order to make the trip across the city where he spent his childhood. Relaxed and cheerful despite all the contact and requests made since the morning, he found time to joke in his opening, saying “I’m red-hot and ready to go.” He took the opportuni...
Former Barca Stars Appear At Mugabe Rally
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Former Barca Stars Appear At Mugabe Rally

Former Barcelona stars Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids joined Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on stage at a political rally ahead of a veterans match planned later this year. Davids and Kluivert were pictured alongside Mugabe, 93, at a youth rally for the ruling ZANU-PF party in the southern town of Gwanda on Saturday, in what local media described as a “surprise appearance”. Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, and he is often criticised for brutal repression of his opponents, election rigging and his country’s economic collapse. The trip — which comes ahead of national elections next year — was led by Spaniard Rayco Garcia, who previously tried to launch a football academy in Uganda. He said the Barcelona Legends would play in Zimbabwe in No...
Neymar Posts Long Emotional Farewell Video To Barcelona
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Neymar Posts Long Emotional Farewell Video To Barcelona

The Neymar transfer saga is finally over. We have heard from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ronaldinho and Iniesta. But the one person we hadn’t heard from during this entire circus was the ring leader of the entire thing. Just hours after PSG announced the signing of Neymar, the most expensive player in football history ($264 Million Buyout + $38 Million a year contract after taxes) took to his Instagram to say goodbye to his Barcelona fans, teammates and explain his decision to leave for Paris. Below is the actual post by Neymar followed by a transcript of his message: I prepared a text here for today. The life of an athlete is made by challenges. Some are given to us. Others are fruits of our decision to keep the light that illuminates our career, which is intense but short. ...
Fernando Torres In Advanced Talks With Mexico’s Queretaro – Report
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Fernando Torres In Advanced Talks With Mexico’s Queretaro – Report

Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres could be on the verge of moving to Liga MX club Queretaro, according to ESPN Mexico. Negotiations with the 33-year-old free agent and Atletico Madrid legend are “very advanced,” according to the report, and a deal could be struck as early as this week, even though the transfer deadline for international moves in Liga MX is Sept. 5. Queretaro shocked Mexican football once before when the club signed Ronaldinho in September 2014. Two different sources said Torres’ contract would be for two years, and the former Liverpool striker would be earning $5 million per year. Mexico City club Cruz Azul has also shown interest in Torres, but Queretaro has the upper hand, with club president Arturo Villanueva in negotiations for the last three weeks, s...
Ronaldinho Spotted With Messi And Neymar At FC Barcelona Training Ground
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Ronaldinho Spotted With Messi And Neymar At FC Barcelona Training Ground

Football Legend, Ronaldinho was spotted at the training ground of his former club, FC Barcelona, during which the former World Best took pictures with Argentine star Lionel Messi and fellow Brazilian, Neymar Jr. He captioned his tweet in the below manner. What a joy to see my brothers, I have come to bring positive energy to Saturday!! Joy, joy! TMJ #ForcaBarca @FCBarcelona
Maradona, Messi, Kanu Nwankwo To Play Anti-terrorism Match In Nigeria
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Maradona, Messi, Kanu Nwankwo To Play Anti-terrorism Match In Nigeria

Maradona, Messi, Kanu to Play Anti-terrorism Match in Nigeria Argentina football legends, Diego Amando Maradona and Lionel Messi are among a host of former and active football stars scheduled to play an international exhibition match against human trafficking, insurgency and terrorism. The match is listed for May 21 in Abuja. The FIFA and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sanctioned initiative tagged: Africa My Africa is organised by next2none, a non-profit making organisation to use football to promote global security and fight human trafficking. The novelty match between Africa Stars Vs World Stars will feature household names including Zinedine Zidane, Ruud Gullit, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Samuel Kuffour, Samuel Eto’o, Abedi Pele, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Thierry Hen...
Ronaldinho & Juan Roman Riquelme ‘To Come Out Of Retirement And Play’ For Tragic Brazilian Club Chapecoense
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Ronaldinho & Juan Roman Riquelme ‘To Come Out Of Retirement And Play’ For Tragic Brazilian Club Chapecoense

Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme would consider coming out of retirement to play for tragic club Chapecoense, according to reports from South America. The Brazilian side have been devastated by the loss of 19 players, as well as a number of backroom staff, in a plane crash in Colombia on Tuesday. Despite the deaths of many of their squad, Chapecoense may still be required to fulfill fixtures in the coming weeks, before they embark on the process of rebuilding the club. Ronaldinho's agent and brother, Roberto Assis, said no talks had yet taken place - as Brazil continued to mourn the tragedy - but he confirmed that the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year will do all he can to help the club. 'It is a very difficult time,' Assis told Globo Esporte. 'Later on, if there is a contact,...

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