Ronaldinho's career could be set for another twist after 'one-off' offer

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A two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and a recipient of the Balon d'Or in 2005, Ronaldinho has had quite the career.

However, in recent years, the veteran Brazilian playmaker's CV, which includes short spells with numerous Brazilian clubs and a recent appearance in the Indian Futsal League, is a far cry from his heady days at Barcelona and AC Milan.

And the 36-year-old's career could yet take another unusual twist in the coming days after he received a rather audacious offer to appear in a "one-off" game Down Under.


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As reported by The Sun, Australian second-division side Wollongong Wolves (yes that is their real name) have been in contact with Ronaldinho to offer him a way back into the professional game.

Per their report, the former Brazil international is keen to follow in the footsteps of Italy and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero and play in the Australian A-League.

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Wollongong, therefore, are offering him the chance to put himself in the shop window for A-League teams by turning out for their club in what appears to be a one game deal.

"We can confirm we have put in an offer," the semi-professional club's director, Dean Merola, told The Sun.

“We know he is interested in coming to the A-League as a marquee player. We are willing to put him on a platform to show his wares, and deadline for a response is tomorrow [Friday].

"Fingers crossed, it would be a big coup for Wollongong!”


The New South Wales outfit, who actually won two national titles at the turn of the millennium and play in a 20,000-plus stadium, are clearly hopeful that Ronaldinho will add them to his eclectic list of recent clubs.

Just how keen the veteran playmaker is to do that is unclear at this stage. Again per The Sun, he is also thought to be interested in offers from China and MLS as he searches for the next chance to show off his skills.

Ronaldinho has not played for a professional club since leaving Fluminese last September, just three months into an 18-month contract.

He also cut short his time in the Indian Futsal League after accepting a role to be involved as an ambassador at the Rio Paralympic Games.

That position could then ruin any hopes Wollongong have of getting one of the most skillful players of his generation in a Wolves jersey.

With Friday set as the deadline, we won't have to wait long to find out.

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