It’s been a few years now since Brazil legend Ronaldinho was strutting his stuff at the Camp Nou.
The 36-year-old became a Ballon d’Or winner at Barcelona, his mercurial tricks making him one of the most well-loved stars in football.
There hasn’t been a player like Ronaldinho since. And there probably never will be.
Earlier in the year he took his talents to Asia to star in the Indian Futsal League, but it wasn’t quite the same as watching the Brazilian on the biggest stage.
Yet futsal isn’t the only sport Ronaldinho has taken up in a bid to continue his career kicking a ball about.
The ex-AC Milan playmaker was in Hungary on Tuesday in order to promote Teqball. Never heard of it? Don’t fret.
Teqball is pretty much table tennis with a football. The table is curved slightly, and it requires significant technical ability. Thankfully, Ronaldinho has masses of technical ability.
Ronaldinho is a keen advocate of the sport and even reckons it could give him the chance of making an Olympic appearance.
The forward captained Brazil to a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Out of the international scene today, he would love to represent his country if Teqball ever became an Olympic sport.
"Everyone, who loves football and the technical aspect of it will love this game. It helps to improve your technique,” Ronaldinho told reporters, per Goal.
There are hopes for Teqball to be introduced at the 2024 Olympic Games, to which Ronaldinho replied: “I wish to God that this soon becomes an Olympic sport, because then I might have the chance to become an Olympic champion,” per Daily News Hungary.
If Ronaldinho is involved, we’re definitely in.
The Champions League winner recently became Barcelona’s official ambassador.
Yet there was some confusion on his first day on the job when he didn’t turn up to the Camp Nou to attend Barca’s 4-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna.
He was at the beach, instead. What a guy.
Barca spokesman Josep Vives admitted Ronaldinho’s no-show was expected because he had to catch a flight out of Barcelona, per Esporte. According to Vives, the beach photo was taken on Friday, the day before the game, not during it.