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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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ex-Barcelona, Brazil star Ronaldinho considering retirement in 2018

Jorge Ramos breaks down each of the five qualified South American teams' groups following the World Cup draw.
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...

Kobe Bryant talks soccer, friendship with Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is an AC Milan fan, but also loves Barcelona.

Soon after then-6-year-old Kobe Bryant moved to Italy with his family, he went down to a local park in search of a basketball game. The court was easy enough to find but what the local kids were doing on it looked a lot different.

Underneath each basket was a set of goalposts, allowing the kids to play pickup games of soccer on the court.

"I remember saying, 'What is going on? Where am I, and how does this happen?' Bryant said in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC via telephone. "So it was...