Ronaldinho signs Atletico Mineiro contract extension

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Former Brazil star Ronaldinho has extended his contract with Atletico Mineiro for one year, the president of the Belo Horizonte club has announced. reports how the 2002 World Cup winner put pen to paper on a new deal, as confirmed by Alexandre Kalil, who tweeted late on Wednesday night: "You wanted him. He is staying."

The 32-year-old joined Atletico in June after quitting Flamengo over a salary dispute, and played 31 matches and scored nine goals to win the support of the club's fans.

The former Barcelona and AC Milan star will earn a salary in the region of $450,000, plus a share of revenues from club jersey sales and bonuses depending on success in major competitions next year, according to Brazilian sports daily Lance.

"Ronaldinho's objective is to rejoin the Selecao (national squad) and compete in the 2013 Confederations Cup, a key step to win a slot on the 2014 World Cup squad," claimed the report.

The former FIFA World Player of the Year, was recently named in the league championship's team of the season, and revealed that he signed a new contract with Atletico because of the passion of the club's fans.

"Since the day I arrived at this club I have been made to feel so welcome," Ronaldinho said. "I have a great relationship with everybody.

"The president, my teammates, the coaching staff but most of all the fans, who have really won my affection. All of those factors convinced me to stay."

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