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Ronaldinho: Manchester United move was 48 hours from happening

With Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho reportedly not on speaking terms, the FC crew assess the Frenchman's future at Man United and whether he has been misjudged at Old Trafford.
The FC panel answer your tweets on Jurgen Klopp vs. Jose Mourinho, discuss whether the Nations League will prove more useful than international friendlies and more.

Ronaldinho has told FourFourTwo that he was "48 hours" from signing for Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson targeted the Brazil star after selling David Beckham to Real Madrid in 2003, and United were close to concluding negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain before Barcelona stepped in.

"It almost happened with United," Ronaldinho said.

"It was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell had told me way before I got the offer: 'If I become Barca president, will you come?' I said yes.

"It was only a...

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Ex-Barcelona star Ronaldinho joins conservative political party in Brazil

It's unclear if Ronaldinho plans to run for office in Brazil.

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho has joined a conservative political party ahead of upcoming elections in his native Brazil.

The two-time World Player of the Year was at the headquarters of the Brazilian Republican Party (PRB), which is linked to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, on Tuesday along with his brother and manager Roberto de Assis Moreira.

It is not clear if Ronaldinho plans to run for office, however.

"I am happy to be able to participate in a project that aims at...

 By Tim Vickery

The brilliant Ronaldinho has retired, but his legacy is full of 'what if?'

The ESPN FC crew look back on Ronaldinho's legendary career and persona on and off the pitch after the Brazilian officially announced his retirement.

Now it's official: Ronaldinho will not play any more competitive football.

His older brother and agent, Assis, has announced that farewell matches and events will take place after the World Cup, but one of the most gifted players the game has ever seen will not be kicking any more balls in anger.

In truth, this only makes official what everyone already knew. Ronaldinho has not been seen in competitive action for more than two years. His last serious match was a Brazilian league game for Fluminense...

 By PA Sport

Ronaldinho retires from football; former Barcelona star, World Cup winner

The ESPN FC crew look back on Ronaldinho's legendary career and persona on and off the pitch after the Brazilian officially announced his retirement.

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from football, his brother and agent has confirmed.

Ronaldinho, 37, has not played for a professional team since leaving Fluminense in 2015.

The former Barcelona star, part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 -- a year after having collected the Ballon d'Or.

Roberto Assis confirmed the news of his brother's decision in a column for Brazil media outlet O Globo and revealed plans for farewell tribute events...

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Ex-Barcelona, Brazil star Ronaldinho considering retirement in 2018

ESPN Brasil's Rubens Pozzi breaks down Brazil's opponents in Group E of the World Cup: Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
The ESPN FC crew break down Brazil's Group E which contains Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Former Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Ronaldinho is considering retiring from professional football in 2018.

The 37-year-old has spent the last two years without a club since leaving Fluminense and has said he will focus on non-footballing interests should he decide to call time on a career that began with Gremio in 1998.

"There is this chance, I think I'm saying goodbye to football next year, officially," Ronaldinho said at a news conference.

"I might play some farewell...

 By Chris Wright

Ronaldinho makes pitch invader's day during friendly in Costa Rica

Ronaldinho, currently without a club, is making ends meet this summer by appearing in a series of charity matches in El Salvador, Honduras and several other Central America countries.

To that end, the 37-year-old Brazilian legend took part in a Costa Rica Legends exhibition fixture in San Jose over the weekend and, understandably, the locals were eager to catch a glimpse of the former World Footballer of the Year.

Indeed, one young Costa Rican fan was so keen to meet his idol that he want running...