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Ex-Barcelona, Brazil star Ronaldinho considering retirement in 2018

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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...

 By Chris Wright

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford meets 'the king' Ronaldinho in Miami

After bumping into Jesse Lingard in Miami on Saturday night, Ronaldinho managed to tick another big one off his bucket list this week.

The Brazil legend scored a chance meeting with Lingard's Manchester United teammate, Marcus Rashford, as the two dined out in a Florida restaurant.

"Nice to sit down and chat with the...

Stars of the U-17 World Cup over the years

A look at some of the big names who made their mark at the U-17 FIFA World Cup.

The 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India begins in exactly 100 days, and is the biggest platform for young players to make themselves heard.

Several players who first made a mark in the Under-17 World Cup went on enjoy illustrious careers in the sport, winning the biggest trophies and accolades for club and country. Here are 11 of the best.

1. Xavi Hernandez

Where he began:

The 1997 Under-17 World Cup in Egypt, with Spain running out 3-2 winners against Mexico.

Xavi during the 2010 World Cup
Xavi Hernandez

What happened next:

Xavi did not...

 By Chris Wright

Ronaldinho takes time out to pose with adoring fans -- Messi and Neymar

A very special guest graced Barcelona with a visit as the first team trained at the Joan Gamper training facility on Wednesday. Ronaldinho dropped in on his former club to wish them well ahead of their Copa del Rey final against Alaves this coming weekend.

The Brazilian legend even found time to pose for a photo with a couple of young admirers.