Ronaldinho reveals post-retirement plans

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Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (IANS) Ronaldinho has outlined plans to focus on music, his football academy and a new mystery project as he prepares for life after football.

The 37-year-old announced his retirement last month after a career that included a World Cup trophy, a UEFA Champions League title and two FIFA World Player of the Year awards, reported Xinhua news agency.

“Everybody knows that I have retired and I’d like to express my gratitude for everybody’s support and affection,” Ronaldinho said in a video posted on social media on Sunday.

“Now I’m starting a new stage in my life in which I will expand my Ronaldinho soccer academy around the world. I also plan to focus on my music, which is my great passion, and I’ll participate in another project which I’ll tell you about soon.”

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Ronaldinho began his career with Brazil’s Gremio in 1998 before spells with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo, Queretaro and Fluminense.

He was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and was a member of Brazil’s triumphant 2002 World Cup team.

Ronaldinho’s brother and agent, Roberto Assis, has said a series of tribute matches are being planned this year to allow fans around the world to bid farewell to the former playmaker.

–IANS

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