Ronaldinho was a January transfer target for Leicester City

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Leicester’s rise to the summit of the Premier League has increased their appeal exponentially.

The club even thought their new-found fame would tempt one the greatest stars in football history to the King Power Stadium.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Foxes made an audacious bid for Ronaldinho in the January transfer window.


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The Brazilian, a free agent after leaving Fluminense in September, reportedly refused Leicester’s offer of a contract and remains hopeful of a big-money move to China.

That Leicester are in a position to bid for a former Ballon d’Or winner exemplifies just how far they have come. Claudio Ranieri’s team top the Premier League by three points - this time last year, they were bottom of the division and facing relegation to the Championship.

That they were unable to seal the move isn’t a massive blow to their title ambitions. In Riyad Mahrez, Leicester possess a brilliant creative player and Ronaldinho is 35-years-old and without Premier League experience.

His shirt sales would have gone through the roof, however.

Ronaldinho has won titles in Spain, Italy and Brazil, and lifted the World Cup in 2002. His glittering career has also included a Champions League win and inclusion in the FIFPro World XI three times.

That goal

In England, the former Barcelona forward is most known for embarrassing David Seaman at the 2002 World Cup with a lofted free-kick from 40 yards, as well as scoring a delightful goal at Stamford Bridge in the 2004-05 Champions League to help Barcelona secure a 5-4 aggregate win over Chelsea and progression to the quarter-finals.

Would Ronaldinho have steered Leicester to a shock Premier League title? Have your say in the comments section below!

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