There are many players around the world who can dazzle the crowd and trick defenders multiple times within a match, whilst also having the outstanding quality to finish off their tricks with world-class assists and brilliant goals - and Ronaldinho is certainly one of these players.

The majestic playmaker has played across Europe for Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, some of Europe's greatest teams. He spent nine seasons in Europe before heading back to his homeland of Brazil when he signed for Flamengo in 2011.

During his career at PSG, Ronaldinho scored 25 times domestically. Adding these goals to his tantalising skill, he alerted the attention of Spanish giants Barcelona and, in 2003, signed for €30m.

This was where his career finally took off. His amazing performances in the league, and in the cup competitions, helped him win the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice and the prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy. His displays also saw him selected for the FIFPro World XI and UEFA Team of the Year squads on six occasions in total. He was also named the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2005.

Needless to say, Ronaldinho is seen as a true legend in Spain.

Featuring in 241 games for the club, he scored 94 times, assisting his team-mates on no less than 81 occasions. His skills and trickery leave many to believe he was one of the greatest players to ever grace the Spanish game. 

Ronaldinho's career continued to shine when he signed for Italian side AC Milan, after turning down the opportunity to sign for Manchester City, as he claimed to be looking forward to playing alongside his national team-mate, Kaka.

This time the fee was believed to be in the region of around £15m, plus bonuses.

The Brazilian magician continued to wow the Italian fans with his awesome skills and great presence on the pitch. He spent an enjoyable three seasons at the San Siro, featuring in 116 times for the Rossoneri, scoring 29 goals and assisting the same amount.  

In 2011 Ronaldinho decided it was time to return to Brazil, but after signing for Flamengo, he soon found that this club was not his best choice. He only spent one full season there before cancelling his contract in 2012 due to lack of payment - and days later he signed for Athletic Mineiro.

He is currently enjoying his football in Brazil, and has recently been linked with a move to United Arab Emirates side Al Shabaab, but the deal is struggling to be finalised due to Mineiro's asking price.

With six months remaining on his contract, we may see another surge of clubs looking at the veteran's signature. 

The immense skills and talent of the Brazilian playmaker has made him an absolute legend in European football, and an idol to many upcoming stars looking to follow in his footsteps.


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