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Ronaldinho gets off to awkward start as Barcelona ambassador

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First impressions are always key, especially on the first day of a new job.

However, for Ronaldinho, this appears to be unimportant advice. After all, the Brazilian has made a rather questionable start to life as Barcelona’s global ambassador.

In fact, the 36-year-old appears to have failed at his job’s most important and arguably simplest task. Being paid to attend a football match doesn’t sound too difficult does it? Apparently so.

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Ambassadorial role

To say Ronaldinho is loved at the Nou Camp would be the mother of all understatements.

The midfielder won the Champions League and two Ballon d’Ors during an incredible five-year spell with the Catalans. Moreover, he is believed to have played a crucial role in the development of Lionel Messi no less.

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So, consequently, upon his retirement from on the pitch action, a move upstairs at the Nou Camp seemed a logical move.

It proved an aspiration and dream that came true for the World Cup winner this week. Ronaldinho was to feature as first-team ambassador upon the inauguration of the club’s new corporate facilities in New York.

Aside from this though, the 36-year-old was obliged to attend Barcelona’s latest La Liga clash against Deportivo La Coruna. Compared to administration and office openings, sitting in a stand seems rather simple. Right?

Truancy

However, according to Marca, Ronaldinho failed to show up.

Barcelona's Brazilian striker Ronaldinho

It is believed that the club’s hierarchy were left baffled as to his absence and failure to complete his duties.

That being said, it’s believed that his no-show could simply be a result of a misunderstanding between the two parties. Nevertheless, you would imagine that attending the game would be a rather obvious and simple obligation.

Just to augment the confusion, Ronaldinho posted a photograph of himself on a Catalonian beach on Instagram during the game. The update can be seen below:

It’s hard to imagine that the 36-year-old would miss Barcelona’s latest win for some seaside sun, but he certainly hasn’t helped himself.

Then again, the Spanish champions can’t hold much of a grudge against their ambassador and club legend. After all, if anything, they owe him.

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